Mama Gloria


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Film Info
Program Category:Black Lens
Release Year:2020
Event Type:Streaming
Country of Origin:United States
Original Language:English
Cinema Extra
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Luchina Fisher
Producer:Luchina Fisher
Yvonne Welbon
Zainab Ali
Lorna Grisby
Screenwriter:Luchina Fisher
Cinematographer:Stephen Lewis
Editor:Caroline Berler


Luchina Fisher’s documentary is an empathic and engaging portrait of Gloria Allen. Once a mainstay in the drag ball culture on Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s, Gloria would persevere through traumatic violence to emerge as a leader and matriarch in her community that gives unconditional love. Her creation of a charm school for young transgender people would inspire a hit play, CHARM, chronicling her journey as a Black, septuagenarian, trans icon and elder.

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