Directed by Phillip Pike ∙ 2019 ∙ Canada
“We are people of revolution. We’re here because others have rebelled. Because others have stood in solid resistance!” Listening to Angela, a Black lesbian feminist who is rousing a crowd, we understand that, no, this particular revolution wasn’t televised. Rather, from out of the shadows, it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community. Capturing first-person accounts across a span of four decades, this feature-length documentary is more than a previously untold oral history, more than a reclamation of unsung people and events. OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION is a human-scale reckoning of how audacious individuals find themselves by finding others, and how they muster the courage, tenacity, and creativity to prevail against the forces of marginalization.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
Audience Choice Award at the Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival, 2020
Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Seattle Queer Film Festival, 2020
Winner, Best Canadian Feature, Edmonton International Film Festival, 2020
Top 20 Audience Favourite Rogers Audience Award for Best Documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2019
Winner, Audience Choice Award, Regent Park Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Best International Documentary, Outflix Film Festival, 2019
Winner, Best International Feature, Baltimore International Black Film Festival, 2019
Official Selection, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, 2019
Official Selection, Inside Out Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, 2019
Special Mention by the Documentary Feature Jury at NewFest 2019
“This is an important, ground breaking movie.” -- Susan G. Cole, POV magazine
“Our Dance Of Revolution’s look at the staunch group of rebels and activists in the Canadian Black queer community... will be a revelation for many." -- Chaka V. Grier, NOW Magazine
“Ambitious in its scope... its attempt to craft an intergenerational dialogue creates moments of deeply beautiful intimacy.” -- Amanda Parris, CBC Arts
“A poignant and deeply researched documentary about reclaiming power in Toronto’s LGBTQ community. By focusing on the work of Black queer activists towards equality, the film tells a critical story of the ongoing battle for racial justice within the LGBTQ movement –– and Canada at large.” -- NewFest Documentary Feature Jury
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