2019 | Canada | English | Documentary | 102 min | 1080 p | 16:9 | Dolby 5.1 | Stereo


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Long Synopsis

“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.

Short Synopsis

No, the revolution wasn’t televised.  But 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 over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.

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Press Coverage

Now Magazine (Toronto) | Hot Docs Review: Our Dance of Revolution Gets 4 NNNNs!

Now Magazine (Toronto) | Hot Docs 2019: Phillip Pike Traces Toronto’s Queer Black Activist History.

CBC Arts (Canada) | Our Dance of Revolution: This New Film Builds a Timeline of Black Queer Activism in Toronto.

The Globe & Mail (Canada) | Hot Docs 2019: Are we living in a golden age of documentary cinema? (Downloadable Version of Article Here)

In the Seats (Canada) | Hot Docs 2019: Our Review of ‘Our Dance of Revolution’ (4 Stars)

POV Magazine (Canada) | Review: ‘Our Dance of Revolution’

The (Jamaica) Weekly Gleaner (North American Edition) | Phillip’s Gift: J’can Filmmaker Details History of Toronto’s Black Queer Community. (Downloadable Version of Article Here)

Winnipeg Free Press (Canada) | History, Resistance, Reality: Five Films Exploring Black Experience in Canada Display Diversity of Voices.

MyTCNTV (Toronto Caribbean Newspaper TV) Interview | The Untold History of Toronto’s Black Queer Community – In the Now.

FERN TV (Canada) Interview | Director Phillip Pike speaks with FERN TV at the Hot Docs Press Conference 2019.

CTV News Vancouver Interview (Canada) | Director Phillip Pike being interviewed by the hosts of CTV News Vancouver’s Morning Show ahead of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival screening.

CBC Arts (Canada) | This Filmmaker’s Work Is a Gift Back after Being Given So Much by Toronto’s Black LGBTQ Community.


As determined by audience ballot for the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, Our Dance of Revolution ranked #3!

Among all feature films at Hot Docs (Canadian & International), Our Dance of Revolution was voted #6!

“A poignant and deeply researched documentary about reclaiming power in Toronto’s LGBTQ community. By focusing on the work of Black queer activists towards equality, the film tells a critical story of the ongoing battle for racial justice within the LGBTQ movement –– and Canada at large.”

Special Mention by the Documentary Feature Jury at NewFest 2019 (New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival)

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