Past Film/Video | Documentaries

The Cancer Journals Revisited

(Lana Lin, 2018)

Audre Lorde’s classic 1980 memoir of her breast cancer experience is revisited and reenvisioned by experimental filmmaker Lana Lin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

At Lin’s invitation, 27 writers, artists (including Barbara Hammer), activists, healthcare advocates, and current and former patients recite the black lesbian feminist poet’s manifesto aloud for the camera, collectively dramatizing it and producing a moving oration for the screen. The film is both a critical commentary and an intimate, poetic reflection on the precarious conditions of survival within the politicized public sphere of illness. (98 mins., DCP)

The Cancer Journals Revisited is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Barbara Hammer: In This Body, the series Barbara Hammer: The Body in Film, and the presentation of Hammer’s No No Nooky T.V. in The Box.

"I am overwhelmed by the complexity that you allow to unfold with all the innuendos of breathing, waiting, stopping, and clear speaking...The particular strengths of women of color side by side with Audre speak in a way that should be available and seen by all women."
BARBARA HAMMER
The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

The Cancer Journals Revisited

The Cancer Journals Revisited, image courtesy of the artist

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

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The Cancer Journals Revisited