Documentary film Sappho’s Fire will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at Club Café (206 Columbus Ave.) in Boston.
According to the film’s website, Sappho's Fire offers understanding about the journey that all of us must travel and the ways in which to reclaim one's older life. By following the stories of older lesbians who live in New England, viewers become aware of the deep-seated and often impenetrable fears of growing older without the certainties of family support or sufficient economical investment to obtain an appropriate retirement.
What slowly unravels is the discovery that older lesbians have contested, and even defied, this judgment of being labeled “old.” Viewers discover that they also can stomp on old age by facing it squarely and honestly and shouting, “I'm still alive” like so many of the women featured in the documentary.
To watch Sappho’s Fire is to witness the strategies and philosophies and struggles that older lesbians face as they confront the uncertainties about growing older and their care in later life. The lesbians of Sappho’s Fire are from the New England region: they live in Cambridge, Boston, Providence, and smaller communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. They are women of Jewish, Caucasian, and African-American heritage with life-partners, without life-partners, and Veterans. Most of the women hold professional jobs: they are nurses, business owners, college professors; many are now retired. But what all these women have in common is a fire that makes them stomp their feet at old age, and resist what society tells them, that they're too old to do anything.