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Reel Divas Film Fest
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Richmond, VA
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Reel Divas Film Fest
Gratitude Rising Events presents the Reel Divas Film Fest - A BENEFIT FOR CAMP DIVA.

Three conversation provoking films, each addressing issues of social change, cultural enlightenment and empowerment.


January 14, 2012
The Byrd Theatre - 2908 W. Cary Street - Richmond, Va. 23321
DEAR DADDY - 2011. USA. 53 min. Director: Janks Morton
Featured on: The Michael Baisden Show

Mr. Morton will be on hand to facilitate a discussion following the film.

Dear Daddy is a feature length documentary about the life long effects of fatherlessness on women. The film follows the dramatic journeys of eight young women from the tough city streets of Washington,DC as they struggle to overcome poverty, poor educational systems, no healthcare, and the most difficult life circumstance they have been dealt... the absence of their fathers.

Dear Daddy is not only about the struggles to survive and navigate as a young woman of color, but at its core, it's about the importance of a father's role in the lives of their daughters.

January 15, 2012
GCCR - 1407 Sherwood Avenue - Richmond, Va. 23220
MISS REPRESENTATION - 2011. USA. 90 min. Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Premiered at: 2011 Sundance Festival

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.


THE HOOPING LIFE - 2011. USA. 67 min. Director: Amy Goldstein
Featured at: The Montreal World Film Festival

The Hooping Life follows eight performers, activists, teachers and healers as they take a mere kid's toy, the hula-hoop, and with pure grit and determination reinvent "hooping" into a dance, spiritual and fitness phenomenon.

The film chronicles the birth of an outrageous subculture
that much like surfing, skating and break-dancing forms a supportive community.  Tisha, the daughter of a gang leader, creates an after school hip-hop-hoop program providing kids with an alternative to gangs and takes in one of her charges.  Karis opens eyes and minds worldwide with hulahoop gender-bending burlesque, engendering an anti-bullying pulpit.  In the Deep South, Baxter the son of a preacher, overcomes suicidal depression hooping blindfolded and establishes his hooping church.  In South Africa, Sass a rape survivor lights hoops on fire as sexual healing, and works with other victims to help them heal.

The hooping movement was born in the underground club scene in California in the 90s, when a rave kid Hoppalicious developed the first adult-sized hoops, a distinct "hooper" look, crazy moves and made the hoop her dance partner, transforming hooping into an art form.  The hoopers featured in the film all learned from Hoopalicious, who partners with HoopGirl and takes on iconic battle of art versus commerce.

Footage filmed by the hoopers themselves was included in The Hooping Life, giving a raw authenticity to their personal stories of transformation.

This film is vibrant, edgy and truly resonates on a multi-cultural level while giving an eye-opening look at an infectious and beautiful new subculture.

*Refreshments will be served.

"There's a revolution in you!"

**Contact us at 804-852-5539 for special rates for groups of 8 or more.

**A small service charge will be added to purchase at checkout.

This Event is Co-Sponsored by The Byrd Theatre( and The Gay Community Center of Richmond (



Multiple Locations:
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Richmond, VA 23220
United States

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Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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