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Video documentary released in 1994 about the construction and uses of lesbian history. The video consists of four segments, each illustrating different social, cultural, and political events and organizations in the late 1980s and early 1990s: the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Asian Lesbians of the East Coast, and the Wow Café, working to construct lesbian-centered history, art, and politics.

Not Just Passing Through is intended for community and classroom use. The four segments may be screened together or separately, assisted by a discussion guide:

The video was a collaborative project by Jean Carlomusto (editor), Dolores Pérez, Catherine Gund, and Polly Thistlethwaite (producer). Everyone who appears in the video collaborated on its construction.


Originally distributed on VHS by Women Make Movies

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