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  • Quilts In Women's Lives


    Quilts in Women's Lives is a film by Pat Ferrero released in 1981. Used by folklorists, anthropologists and historians of art and women's history, the film shares the lives of ordinary women in the days when few documentaries came from women filmmakers. The full length film is a series of first person portraits of quilt makers. I was moved by the women's stories. They seem to speak straight from the heart. There is a delightful 15 minute preview of the film at  my new favorite website. 

    Folkstreams seriously rules. It's a national preserve of documentary films about American folk or roots cultures. The films were produced by independent filmmakers in a golden age aka the 1960s. Thank god for the development of portable cameras and capacity for synch sound. 

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    • Sherri ~ daintytime says...

      I LOVE this documentary! I cry almost every time I watch it. I feel so proud to be a quilt maker. I often show it to my students.

      On July 15, 2013

    • Darlene says...

      Really enjoyed this film and look forward to watching many of the other films listed on folkstreams. Thank you so much for sharing.

      On June 30, 2013

    • cinzia allocca says...

      thank you for sharing this. I’ll be sure to do the same!

      On June 10, 2013

    • Maura says...

      I know what you mean Rachell, that is the same way I felt when I discovered folkstreams! It brings me so much joy, I’m happy to share!

      On June 06, 2013

    • rachell says...

      thank you for posting a link to folk streams, I wouldn’t have known of it’s existence. I think I’m going to spend too much with it today!

      On June 06, 2013

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