The Wild Woman in the Woods

Shani Mootoo

1993, 14:00 minutes, colour


A narrative about a woman from a South Asian background who has adopted butch signifiers from white lesbian culture as an antidote to her invisibility. She is deep down, however, femme at heart and doesn't really know how to do the things butches are supposed to be able to do. Her search for courage takes her into the mountains where she encounters her idol, a feisty goddess who has no time for timidity, roles, or rules.

Une lesbienne sud-asiatique ayant adopté l'identité "butch" de la culture "blanche" est à la recherche des options libératrices que lui offre une identité "femme." En quête de courage, elle va dans les montagnes où une déesse fringante lui lance un défi: pas de timidité, aucun rôle ni règlement stéréotypé. Parée de bijoux et d'un sari éclatant, elle suit la déesse vers l'aventure qui effacera toutes les idées reçues à l'égard des femmes asiatiques.

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by Ann Kaneko. Afterimage, Nov. 1994, v. 22, no. 4.