The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen, which is directed by Jennifer Abod, follows Bowen’s three passions–dance, activism, and teaching. Bowen’s appearance will be the first time a documentary star has attended a GlennFest Film Festival screening. The screening will take place on Sunday, October 9, at 6 p.m. at the Downey Civic Theatre.
The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen is a feature length documentary that begins with Bowen’s discovery of her first love – classical dance – in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. In the film, her stories unfold within the cultural, economic and political climate of the times. Bowen’s desire to perform on Broadway in the 1950s was thwarted by racism. Like so many other black performers, she had to travel to the stages of Europe to find work. When Bowen returned to the United States, she married a young drummer and established the only black dance school in Connecticut, The Bowen Peters School of Dance, which influenced many. During these years, she discovered the writings of black lesbian feminists, which gave her the courage to claim her own sexual identity and transform her life.