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  • [Desire: Julie’s Mother 4]

    [Desire: Julie’s Mother 4]

    This is raw footage of a discussion between Cassandra Swaing, Margit Gustafson, and director Julie Gustafson for the documentary Desire.

  • [Desire: Julie’s Mother 3]

    [Desire: Julie’s Mother 3]

    Videomaker Julie Gustafson and her teenaged subject/collaborator Cassandra Swaing record a conversation between Julie and her mother after showing her footage from the documentary Desire in which Julie discusses her own life, including her marriage and her abortions. 00:35 Julie expresses dissatisfaction at the gulf between the silence regarding the subject of sexuality in their home and the stream of sexualized images in the culture.  01:09 Julie’s mother says that her husband was very loving, and that Julie’s ideas about […]

  • [Desire: Julie’s Mother 2]

    [Desire: Julie’s Mother 2]

    This is raw footage of a conversation between Julie Gustafson and her mother Margit for the movie Desire.

  • [Desire: Julie’s Mother 1]

    [Desire: Julie’s Mother 1]

    Videomaker Julie Gustafson and her teenaged subject/collaborator Cassandra Swaing show Julie’s mother footage from the documentary Desire, featuring Cassandra (as well as Cassandra’s own videos), in which Julie discusses her own life, including her marriage and her abortions.

  • Desire

    Desire

    Independent videomaker, Julie Gustafson, invites a diverse group of teenage girls from New Orleans to make autobiographical videos exploring their developing sexuality and identity. An unprecedented long-term collaboration, DESIRE weaves together the girls’ video work, the stories of their changing lives, as well as the family, social and economic contexts in which their desires and choices are shaped.

    The film begins in a primarily African-American housing project named ‘Desire’ and follows the lives of teenagers across diverse racial, political, class, and cultural backgrounds. Cassandra, Kimeca, Tracy, Peggy, and Tiffinie collaborate to tell their own stories of struggle and wrestling with questions of sexual identity, body image, family, future plans, and the pressures of finding one’s way in the world. As the film unfolds over the next five years, DESIRE honors each of the young women’s challenges and achievements, making clear that their ‘choices’ are linked not just to hopes and dreams, but to actual educational and economic opportunity– too often tinged with the racial disadvantage. In one remarkable scene, Kimeca, turns the camera on Gustafson, prompting her to share her own story of teenage pregnancy and the difficult decisions she made about abortion.

    As John Anderson from Variety said: “Top-flight editing and a pace that never falters help “Desire” movingly tell the stories of its five subjects.” Justin Lane Briggs of The New School concurs: “The films the girls make themselves are shockingly honest and revealing…The result is a poignant and moving work, which stirs up a massive cloud of thoughts and issues without ever settling on one side of them… Cassandra and Tiffanie will haunt your dreams.

 
 
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