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Directed by Leilah Weintraub

United States 2018 72 mins.

SHAKEDOWN is the story of Los Angeles’ black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis. Owned and operated

by women, underground and illegal in nature, the club Shakedown is the darker, faster, younger iteration of

this dance culture. The film is a window into this world. Shakedown emerged from a post-RIOTS, post-OJ, post-integration but still very racially divided Los Angeles. In this divided city, Shakedown is an independent, all black, and all-female cash economy.

SHAKEDOWN chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary ‘mother’ of the community; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmine, the ‘Queen’ of Shakedown.

Born in Los Angeles, USA in 1979, Leillah Weintraub currently lives in New York. She is an artist and director and also CEO of the Hood By Air fashion label. Her work focuses on the themes of race, class, and gender with a particular interest in queer communities and people of color.

SHAKEDOWN is screening as part of the Time-Based Art Festival.

Genres: Documentary



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