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Flatlands Dance Film Festival: Bronx Gothic

Bronx Gothic is a portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili as she stages a final tour for her one-woman show, Bronx Gothic.

The New York Times called it "a mesmerizing and sometimes harrowing solo piece," inspired by the performer's Bronx childhood in the early 1980s: "Okpokwasili unveils, via crumpled pages of classroom notes, singing, movement and direct address, her semi-autobiographical tale of the Gordian knot between two 11-year-old girls . . . (laying) bare the love, trust, rivalry and rage between girls as they sexually awaken."

This film contains adult content.

Part of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Each fall, Dance at Illinois presents a variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world. The Flatlands Dance Film Festival also hosts a film competition for aspiring dance filmmakers.

Dance at Illinois believes the festival exemplifies its commitment to promoting and expanding the role of dance in our community. As Dance at Illinois strives to present stellar performances on our stages, it recognizes the vast potential for the choreographic to infuse the cinematic.

This event is organized by Dance at Illinois with this screening co-sponsored by Krannert Art Museum and the Department of African American Studies.

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