Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Explores the philosophies, politics and personalities involved in the growth of women’s music as a subculture and as a movement.
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Year: 2002
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Dee Mosbacher
Starring: Dee Mosbacher
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Radical Harmonies

If you’ve ever been connected to women’s music, Radical Harmonies is a must see. It’s a documentary that tackles a lot of ground, exploring the philosophies, realities, politics, creativity and personalities involved in the growth of women’s music as a sub-culture and a movement. Historical footage accompanies recent interviews with many of the pioneers of the music as well as the all-important festivals and record labels.

It also doesn’t shy away from potentially divisive issues like women only space, and chronicles how the women’s music culture became multi-racial and multi-cultural, while addressing issues of accessibility as priorities. The film is jam packed, and it also manages to cover women’s music today and some of the contemporary artists still packing in the fans at the festivals.

It makes me want to run out an buy a new copy of ‘The Changer and the Changed,’ Chris Williamson’s groundbreaking, inspirational album from 1975. Here are many of the artists who are interviewed for the film, with footage from many more: Ani DiFranco, Rhiannon, Holly Near, Teresa Trull, June Millington, Chris Williamson, Maxine Feldman, Meg Christian, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Margie Adam, Linda Tillery, Judith Casselberry, Ronnie Gilbert, Robin Tyler, Kristen Lems, Hazel Dickens, Alix Dobkin, Nancy Vogel, Ferron, Sue Fink, Deirdre McCalla, Jackie Strano, Amy Ray, Toshi Reagon, Tret Fure, Bitch and Animal, Gwen Avery and Mary Watkins. (AB)