The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 80 minutes
In October 2012 a group of queer-identifying women artists of color embarked on the eight-city Revival Poetry Tour. Each performance on the tour functioned as a welcoming space for these musicians and poets to share stories and build community in the tradition of the intimate literary salons popular in mid-70s New York City. Sekiya Dorsett’s riveting, uplifting road documentary, THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD, follows this core group of creatives as they perform in coffeehouses, a black gay and lesbian bar, and even a church. In addition to showcasing candid discussions about racial issues, sexuality, and identity, the film highlights the artists themselves: songwriter Be Steadwell, who performs intricate “queer pop music” on her acoustic guitar; English teacher T’ai Freedom Ford, who performs her poetry for the first time in front of her mother; and restless talent Jonquille Rice, who throws caution to the wind, job-wise, to hop in the van. THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD is a compelling look at the life-altering power of language. —A.Z.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM
Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 1:10 PM
FILM IS ART
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Recommended for High School Students +
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD (2016)
Jade Foster, Andrea Boston