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A documentary structured around private and poetic letters to her son from the feminist activist filmmaker, Alexandra Juhasz. The film shows the present situation of the director and five of her friends who went to university together. The women, who shared a set of values and a common faith under the feminist political umbrella, now live their own lives with their own families. Each of them struggles to define ‘family values’ in her own words, free from traditional heterosexuality, femininity, and religion.
The director herself chose to live a political life, having had a baby through artificial insemination with her gay friend who she loved during her college years. Subsequently, her son Gabriel’s biological father died of AIDS. The film gives the next generation (as represented by Gabriel) the chance to understand the ‘other’ ways of life that their feminist mothers chose to live, and its political meanings. The film turns a spotlight on contemporary American feminists who transformed their lives into experiments by simply practicing the feminist truth: ‘The personal is political.’ (Kim Sun-ah)
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Alexandra Juhasz has produced work on feminist and lesbian issues over the past 15 years. Her shorts include The Watermelon Woman(1996), Bad Bosses Go To Hell (1997), Women of Vision (1998), and Naming Prairie (2001).