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Our Dance of Revolution

Black History Month: Dispatches

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“To be Black and queer is to be a danger to the world. I think that’s beautiful…” So says Rodney, one of the community activists telling the story of how Toronto’s marginalized non-white gay and lesbians of the 1980s forged community, organized, demanded recognition and equity — and continue to fight the good fight to this day. It’s a story of activism, education, creativity and friendship, told by the folks who lived it with lashings of laughter, affection, and even nostalgia. four decades, this feature-length documentary is more than a previously untold oral history, more than a reclamation of unsung people and events.

Through director Phillip Pike’s lens, we glimpse at the central role played by Black lesbians in Toronto’s queer community, the impact of the HIV epidemic and grassroots efforts for education and support, the distinction of Toronto’s Church Street drag queens, and the defiance of Blockorama to the whiteness of Pride. Our Dance of Revolution is ultimately a human-scale reckoning of how audacious individuals find themselves by connecting with others, and how they muster the courage, tenacity, and creativity to prevail against the forces of marginalization.

Director

Phillip Pike

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Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2019

Language

English

19+
102 min

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Monday February 27

6:10 pm
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Producer

Phillip Pike

Cinematography

Jack Weisman

Editor

Eugene Weis

Original Music

Gavin Bradley

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