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Daring to Disrupt at Rio Cinema

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Time 13:30
Date 18/08/18
Price £11.5

Feminist activism explored and celebrated through two documentaries on the lives of Angela Bowen and Heather Booth.

In this turbulent political and social climate, their inspiring stories are a call to arms and a testimony to what women can achieve when they dare to disrupt the status quo.

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen
Jennifer Abod, USA, 2018

Passionate Pursuits is a window into the life of Angela Bowen who grew up in inner city Boston during the Jim Crow era, went on to become a classical ballerina, a legendary dance teacher, a black lesbian feminist activist, writer and professor.

Her stories reveal how the challenges of race, class, gender, age, and sexuality influenced her decisions and strategies for survival.

A documentary for anyone who loves a love story and wants to know more about the complexities of black women's lives and the emergence of Black Feminism.

Heather Booth: Changing the World
Lilly Rivlin, USA, 2017

Heather Booth is the most influential person you never heard of. The newest film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, Heather Booth: Changing the World is an urgent response to the recent election of Trump and all that has ensued. At a time when many are wondering how to make their voices heard, when civil and women's rights are under attack, this empowering documentary is an inspiring look at how social change happens.

Heather Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Through her life and work this inspiring film explores many of the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years: from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, to her founding of the JANE Underground in 1964, to her collaborations with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Heather Booth: Changing the World blends interviews, from close friends, clients, political colleagues and current Midwest Academy students to explore Heather’s legacy in progressive politics and organizing. Anyone who has been confused or disheartened by the recent election needs to see this film.

Heather Booth: Changing the World - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.