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posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 43
The Sisters offers a look at Sisters around the world
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The Sisters offers a look at Sisters around the world

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Sisters
October 17
Northwest Film Forum


For this year's Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence had their very own movie: The Sisters, a documentary film produced by Manfred Hoschck and Sigrid Smejkal takes the audience on a world tour through the lives of a few good sisters.

The Sisters was co-presented by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan, Seattle's local chapter.

The film takes us from San Francisco to Berlin and back across the Atlantic to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, where a small convent of five sisters battle against close-mindedness and homophobia.

Sister (or 'schwester') Daphne Sara Maria Sanguina gave the audience a taste of what life was like being a sister in Berlin as she prepared to travel to San Francisco for the 30th anniversary of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, which took place Easter Sunday 2009 at Delores Park in San Francisco's Mission district.

Meanwhile, Sister Vicious Power Hungry Bitch, one of the founding mothers of the Sisters, took us on a tour of the Sisters' archives, showing the audience mementos dating back to the founding of the Sisters in 1979.

The film is partially narrated by Sister Unity Divine of the Los Angeles chapter. Sister Unity is well known for her calm voice and kind demeanor. (Sister Unity recently released an excellent 'It Gets Better' video on her YouTube page which has already received 20,000 views. Check it out at www.youtube.com/user/SisterUnity.)

In Montevideo, we followed five Sisters - three men and two women - who face resistance every day they put on their habits. All five must wear sunglasses to hide their identities.

As Gay bars in Montevideo are few and far between, these Sisters don't have the luxury of going barhopping to pass out condoms. Instead, the film portrays them standing on the street, waving a Pride flag and passing out condoms to drivers and passersby.

'For anyone who has ever wondered what's behind the bejeweled white faces, this documentary lifts the veil for an inside look at the order's faith in safer sex, LGBT rights, and performance art,' says the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival's website.

The film gives a wonderful perspective on Sisters worldwide. Don't miss it next time it's here.

To check out clips and find out more information in the film, check out the production company's website at www.fruitflyfilms.com.

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