SECS presents: Bloodsisters at the Grand Illusion Cinema in March

a woman's figure appears to be bound, but she's in a pose that suggests flying. Reads: presented by SECS Fest Bloodsisters leather dykes and sadomasochism March 18 & 20

We are excited to present the little seen 1995 documentary about the radical lesbian S/M activists in San Francisco during the 1990s.


During the early 1990s, San Francisco was the epicenter of body modification and gender nonconformity, with transgender pioneers like Patrick Califia and Tala Brandeis fighting for visibility, alongside the voice of a bold S/M community. Michelle Handelman’s provocative and pioneering documentary captures these queer outlaws in their zeitgeist moment, shot on digital video with an unfiltered rawness that mirrors the activism of the era. From pushy bottoms to macho femmes, BLOODSISTERS immerses the viewer in the San Francisco leatherdyke scene, shattering assumptions about gender and lesbian sexuality, while broadening the discussion about personal expressions of eroticism and their political implications.

In the 1990s, the movie was attacked in congress by the American Family Association for its depictions of radical lesbian sexuality. Twenty-five years later, it has become recognized as a treasured historical document of a movement that tore down barriers of sex, gender, and activism.

BloodSisters: Leather, Dykes & Sadomasochism
Michelle Handelman · 1995 · USA
77min · digital

At the Grand Illusion Cinema:
Saturday, Mar 18: 7:30 pm
Monday, Mar 20: 7:30 pm

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