Listening for Something... Adrienne Rich and Dionne Brand in Conversation

Listening for Something... Adrienne Rich and Dionne Brand in Conversation

1996 | 55 min

The nation, the country, where do we belong in it? In this film through conversation and poetry two poets meet for the telling and the listening. Adrienne Rich is a distinguished American feminist poet, and author of numerous books of prose, poetry, essays and speeches. Dionne Brand is a Trinidadian-Canadian femininst poet, writer and filmmaker. Incisive and inquisitive, the two women meet to discuss the world as they each see it. Claiming any subject, they talk about events as they see them, analytic, contemplative, honest and open ended. Topics include political issues, feminism, racism and lesbianism, among others. The viewer is invited into the exchange by the familiar images of two women talking intimately around a kitchen table, in corridors, or casually outdoors in the United States, Tobago and Canada. Shot in black and white and in colour, the conversation takes us over the territories of their poetry.

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Credits
  • director
    Dionne Brand
  • producer
    Signe Johansson
  • executive producer
    Ginny Stikeman
  • cinematography
    Susan Trow
    Moira Simpson
  • sound
    Justine Pimlott
  • editing
    Miume Jan Eramo
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • music
    Faith Nolan