Our Dance of Revolution

by Phillip Pike
Product Availability
Institutional, Home-Use, Community Screenings, Broadcast, Theatrical, Educational, Festivals, VOD
About the Film

“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 embraced, 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 and invaluable archival photographs 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.

Through director Phillip Pike’s lens, we glimpse at the central role historically 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.

Distribution Availability: Canada (Theatrical, Non-Theatrical, Home-Use); United States (Non-Theatrical, Home-Use) Worldwide (Broadcast, Festivals, Internet Rights)
2019  ·  1h42m  ·  Canada
English, French
English, French subs
Festivals and Awards
Hot Docs, Official Selection (World Premiere)
KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival , Official Selection (International Premiere)
February 27, 2023
VIFF Centre (Vancouver, BC)
February 7, 2023
Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (Peterborough, ON)
November 15, 2020
PinkPanorama Filmfestival Luzern (Stattkino) (Lucerne, Switzerland)
October 24, 2020 & November 1, 2020
Hamburg International Queer Film Festival (Hamburg, Germany)
October 15-25, 2020
Seattle Queer Film Festival (Seattle, USA)
October 13 – 18, 2020
Reel Pride International Film Festival (Winnipeg, MN)
October 7 & 11, 2020
Bremen Queer Film Festival (Bremen, Germany)
October 1 – 14, 2020
CinemAfrica Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden)
September 22, 2020
Cinema Politica York, Nat Taylor Cinema (Toronto, ON)
February 24, 2020
Massimadi Montréal: Afro LGBTQ+ Film & Arts Festival (Montréal, QC)
February 20, 2020
Afro Prairie Film Festival (Winipeg, MN)
January 24, 2020
ReFrame Film Festival (Peterborough, ON)
December 1, 2019
Nightwood Theatre Screening, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON)
November 22, 2019
Guelph Film Festival (Guelph, ON)
November 3, 2019
Inside Out LGBT Film Festival (Ottawa Edition) (Ottowa, ON)
October 25, 2019
Regent Park Film Festival (Toronto, ON)
October 19, 2019
Rainbow Reels Queer & Trans Film Festival (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)
October 6, 2019
The 519 Community Centre (Toronto, ON)
August 10, 2019
Windsor International Film Festival (Windsor, ON)
July 23, 2019
Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Vancouver, BC)
July 23, 2019
Halifax Pride Evening Speaker Series, Halifax Central Library (Halifax, NS)
June 9, 2019
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (Toronto, ON)
April 29, 2019
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto, ON)
May 1 & 3, 2019
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto, ON)
Eugene Weis
Jack Weisman
Soundtrack Composer
Gavin Bradley

"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."

“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.”

“Ambitious in its scope, but its attempt to craft an intergenerational dialogue creates moments of deeply beautiful intimacy.”

“This is an important, ground breaking movie. See it with an audience that’s bound to be passionate and proud.”

“Director and producer Phillip Pike also moves back when showing these scenes, giving his audience a sense of how large these intimate gatherings could be.”

“It represents another significant first for both Phillip and the communities he's chosen to give voice to.”

About the Director

Phillip Pike

Phillip Pike is an emerging documentary filmmaker. As a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Phillip’s journey of personal and professional discovery has taken him from a career creating change as a community activist and human rights lawyer to a career creating change through storytelling as an independent documentary filmmaker.

He is a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute (School of Creative Arts & Animation, Seneca College, Toronto). He also received intensive training in video production at Trinity Square Video in Toronto and the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco.

Completed in 2003, his first documentary, Songs of Freedom, tells compelling stories of courage and hope of gays and lesbians living in Jamaica. Critically acclaimed and well received by audiences, Songs of Freedom was an official selection at several film festivals and was acquired for broadcast across North America on a specialty TV channel. OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION is Phillip’s third film and second feature.

Other films by Phillip Pike