“Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it.”
With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians.
For more than 40 years, through many of the major milestones in LGBTQ+ history, the all-volunteer organization has literally rescued history from the trash.
Now the co-founders are in their mid-70s, and the group faces a number of challenges: A transfer of leadership. The rise of digital technology. A renewed call to activism in a politically charged moment.
“The Archivettes” is a documentary film that explores how this group came together to combat lesbian invisibility and create “a place that says yes.”
Director: Megan Rossman
Executive Producer: Caroline Que
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