UPDATE: CIFF44 CANCELLED

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 7, 2020 } See Beyond

THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD

 

Year: 2016
Country: USA
Run Time: 80 minutes

THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD

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.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 8:50 PM

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Sidebars
10% CINEMA
AFRICAN DIASPORA
FILM IS ART
RACE RELATIONS
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Sekiya Dorsett

Sekiya Dorsett was born in Nassau, Bahamas. She holds a B.A. in Film Production from Hofstra University and received an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Filmmaking from Hunter College. She also produces and writes, and she began her career creating short films. She founded the independent production company Making Chaos and currently works as an editorial director at Viacom. Her work has also appeared on LOGO TV, USA Network, and Oxygen Network.

Filmography
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD (2016)

Producers
Jade Foster, Andrea Boston

Editing
Patrick Flynn

Print Source

Community Partners

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Links, Incorporated, Cleveland Chapter

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