Online Event: Teaneck International Film Festival: Mama Gloria
November 21, 2020 – 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen, now in her 70s, blazed a trail for trans people like few others before her. Emerging from Chicago’s South Side drag ball culture in the 1960s, Gloria overcame traumatic violence to become a proud leader in her community. Most famously, she pioneered a charm school for young transgender people that served as inspiration for Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins’ hit play Charm. Luchina Fisher’s empathic and engaging documentary is not only a portrait of a groundbreaking legend but also a celebration of the unconditional love Gloria received from her own mother and that she now gives to her chosen children.
Sponsored by Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women
Talkback with Luchina Fisher, director