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Our Dance of Revolution

 

Cinema Politica is proud to be the Canadian distributor of Phillip Pike's beautiful documentary OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION, which traces the history of Black queer activism in Toronto starting from the early 70s to the present. Below you can read the film's synopsis, learn about the fllmmaker, and importantly—book this insightful documentary for a screening in your community or at your festival/institution today!

ABOUT THE FILM

Director: Phillip Pike
Running time: 102 minutes
Languages: English
Release: 2019

“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.

To learn more, visit the official website of the film.

 

REVIEWS

“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, but its attempt to craft an intergenerational dialogue creates moments of deeply beautiful intimacy.”
- Amanda Parris, CBC Arts

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

“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..”
- Paolo Kagoaon, In The Seats

It represents another significant first for both Phillip and the communities he's chosen to give voice to..”
- David Lewis Peart, CBC Arts

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

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.

 

EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS

To obtain an educational or institutional license for OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION for an institution anywhere in North America, click here and fill in the educational request form.

BOOK A SCREENING

To book OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION for a film festival, a grassroots screening or a community event, simply follow this link to our online booking form, or scroll to the bottom of this page where you'll find the form. We'll get back to you in a jiffy.

SCREENINGS

Montréal, QC
- February 24, 2020, Massimadi Montréal: Afro LGBTQ+ Film & Arts Festival, Concordia University, SGWU Alumni Auditorium (H-110) (1455 Boulevard De Maisonneuve O)

Winipeg, MN
- February 20, 2020, Afro Prairie Film Festival, Winnipeg Cinematheque (304-100 Arthur St.)

Peterborough, ON
- January 24, 2020ReFrame Film Festival, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St.)

Toronto, ON
- December 1, 2019, Nightwood Theatre Screening, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

Toronto, ON
- October 25, 2019, Regent Park Film Festival, Daniels Spectrum, Ada Slaight Hall (585 Dundas St E)

Guelph, ON
- November 22, 2019, Guelph Film Festival, 10C Shared Space (42 Carden St)

Ottowa, ON
- November 3, 2019, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival (Ottawa Edition), The National Gallery of Canada (380 Sussex Dr)

Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
- October 19, 2019Rainbow Reels Queer & Trans Film Festival, Centre for International Governance Innovation ( 67 Erb Street West)

Toronto, ON
- October 6, 2019, The 519 Community Centre (519 Church St, Toronto)

Vancouver, BC
- July 23, 2019Vancouver Queer Film Festival, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings ST.)

Windsor, ON
- August 10, 2019, Windsor International Film Festival, Capitol Kelly Theatre (121 University Ave W)

Halifax, NS
- July 23, 2019, Halifax Pride Evening Speaker Series, Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall (5440 Spring Garden Rd)

Toronto, ON
- June 9, 2019, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

Toronto, ON
Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival
- April 29, 2019, 6:15pm, Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
- May 1, 2019, 2:45pm, Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
- May 3, 2019, 12:00pm, Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

 

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