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CSO Film Fest: Screening of Our Dance of Revolution

NovemberNov 29 2023 18:00 - 21:00

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Join us as we take part in @uoftcommunitysafetyoffice Film Festival from November 23rd – November 30th in honour of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence are recognized globally from November 25 to December 10.

In honour of these 16 Days, the Community Safety Office (CSO), in partnership with our equity offices and partners on the three campuses, is pleased to present a Film Festival, showcasing a broad range of genres, to be screened simultaneously on the 3 campuses. We hope by this event to provide a unique opportunity for the University of Toronto community members to celebrate resilience and gender diversity while we “Listen. Learn. Act.” – the Government of Canada’s 2023 theme for the 16 Days of Activism.

The SGDO, in collaboration with the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, is proud to host Our Dance of Revolution (2019), a documentary focused on historical and contemporary Black queer & trans-led organizing in Toronto.

More about Our Dance of Revolution (102 mins, Produced and Directed by Phillip Pike):

“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.

A few things about the film festival:
- These screenings are open to current University of Toronto community members only*
- Screenings are free of charge.
- No registration is necessary*
- Entrance is on a first come, first served basis.
- Proof of a valid University of Toronto ID is required for entrance
- Doors open at 6 p.m. and close at 6:55 p.m.

Learn more about the film fest and other screenings: https://www.communitysafety.utoronto.ca/film-festival/

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