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Not a Man in Sight

To fall outside a social norm can be a challenge – in both positive and negative ways. It’s a strength and a limitation. This is documentary about three lesbian women in different stages of their lives, and their thoughts about who they are and what they have become.

The first open generation of lesbian women is soon to be gone. These are women who fought for their rights and created a cultural identity. Now they are being replaced by new generations with a different approach to identity, and lifestyle. Some have established families identical to the ones that the feminists once wanted to demolish, others again have left the whole idea of sexual identity favouring a more floating view on who they are and how they want to live, love and be loved.

The young woman in search of her emotional and visual expression of her sexual identity, feeling like a heterosexual boy, falling in love with a lesbian girl. The married, “nine to five”-couple with children, the conventional in the unconventional, discussing their gender roles in a same-gender relation when it comes to sharing a child. And the ageing couple, fighting with cancer and remembering the past, dreaming of sunset on Lesbos.

The film is from the director Mette Aakerholm Gardells point of view. The frame is her longing for motherhood, and at the same time processing a hidden feeling of shame. She doesn’t feel like other lesbians, she feels lost in a lesbian identity. She wants to be part of a norm, but at the same time she wants to feel special and different. She start asking herself questions and turn her camera to others lesbian: How do we find our role models, when nothing is given by tradition?

Festival screenings:
Q! Film Festival, Jakarta 2012
CineDoc, Greece 2012
Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival, St. Petersburg 2012
Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Oslo 2012
Hamburg International Queer film festival, Hamburg 2012
Tempo Filmfestival, Stockholm 2012
Outview, Athens, 2012
Pink Apple, Zürich, 2012
QDoc, Portland, 2012

Genre: Documentary
Original title: Ingen man i sikte
Year: 2012
Duration: 48' or 56'
Director: Mette Aakerholm Gardell
Producer: KriStine Skaret
Produced by: Medieoperatørerna in co-production with Mantaray Film AB
Available in HD: Yes
Format: 16:9

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