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90 minutes · 1983

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Set in a future New York City that ideologically and practically bears a close resemblance to the present (the film's budget was minuscule), Lizzie Borden's radical feminist feature focuses on two clandestine radio stations and the announcers who speak for them—a black woman named Honey, who espouses cooperation and community, and a white punk anarchist named Isabel, whose message is more negative and divisive. For all their differences, both women and both radio stations wind up seeming united in relation to the repressiveness of the mainstream media, which also figure substantially in the plot. Made piecemeal over a number of years and first released in 1983, this 90-minute comic fantasy has lost little of its radical edge—in contrast to Borden's subsequent Working Girls, which accommodated itself to a wider audience.

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