The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen (2016)

For six decades Angela Bowen, classical dancer and teacher, black lesbian feminist activist, and professor has influenced and inspired untold numbers speaking out as strongly for the Arts, ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Abod
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For six decades Angela Bowen, classical dancer and teacher, black lesbian feminist activist, and professor has influenced and inspired untold numbers speaking out as strongly for the Arts, Black and Women's Rights as she has for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The film depicts Bowen's life across the decades, from the early fifties, with historic footage, photographs and interviews including her dance mentor, dance partner, former husband, partner, children, activists, scholars, and dance and university students. Bowen's candid and compelling stories allow us to understand how race, class, gender, age, and sexuality played into her decisions and choices, her mission, and strategies for survival. Passionate Pursuits is intended to challenge and inspire diverse audiences to pursue their own dreams with tenacity and courage, but not for themselves alone. Written by Anonymous

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USA

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English

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2016 (USA) See more »

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A fascinating life story of a beautiful and strong Black lesbian
23 July 2015 | by lindaanderson-86783See all my reviews

The extraordinary thing about this film is the various ways you see discrimination operate in one woman's life and inform many of her life choices. With lots of footage of the amazing Angela Bowen at many stages of her life, this story is powerful and entertaining and political and deeply moving. Film producer and partner to Angela, Jennifer Abod has graced us once more with a glimpse into the world of an inspiring and influential African American classical ballerina turned teacher/activist/writer. I especially liked the footage of Angela's time in Europe, and her friendship with Audre Lorde. Films focusing on powerful women are few and far between, let alone Black and queer. Check out Bowen's book of short stories called "Out of the Blue: Aleta's Stories."


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