A Love Letter To A Dancer And Activist

November 12, 2015 - In The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen, which will be playing this Thursday night as one of the opening movies in the 2015 New Haven International Film Festival, director Jennifer Abod documents the many challenges and triumphs of a woman who continually sought to reinvent herself as she came to know and embrace each aspect of a complicated identity. Indeed, the film is a sort of love letter — a well-deserved and carefully made one —  to the New Haven dancer, feminist, civil rights activist and scholar offers a loving portrait of a life defined by difficult transitions, hard-won success and lasting personal and professional influence.

Abod, a feminist media producer who has also been Bowen’s partner for the past 35 years, called into the latest episode of WNHH radio’s “Deep Focus” to talk about the life and legacy of someone who never yielded to the persistent forces of racism, sexism, and LGBTQ discrimination.

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