This is a rescheduled event as part of LDIF20 Finale, all original tickets for either film screening are now valid for this double bill.
The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen
Directed by Jennifer Abod, Angela Bowen’s partner of more than 30 years, this award-winning documentary explores Bowen’s life as a Black lesbian, feminist activist, classical ballerina and renowned dance teacher. From her childhood in inner-city Boston during the Jim Crow era, the film crosses the decades as she became a legendary figure in her pursuits. With historic footage, photographs and interviews with key people from her past, the film explores how race, class, gender and sexuality influenced her.
Abod began making The Passionate Pursuits in 2000, at the onset of Bowen’s Alzheimer’s disease, in an effort to capture and share the extraordinary life of a woman whose passion and brilliance had pushed beyond the oppressive barriers of sexism and racism.
This documentary film follows Baltimore’s all-female high-school step team as they fight for their dreams to win a step championship, and be accepted into college. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counsellors, coaches and families, these students from Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women are reshaping their futures through dance.