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  • Sat 17 Nov
  • 82 minutes
  • Director: Leilah Weinraub
  • USA (2018)


This is a triumphantly lesbian documentary, charting the history of a Los Angeles strip club; created for women of colour, by women of colour. Shakedown is both dope-tempered and energetic. Leilah Weinraub's confident and assured filmmaking features several years’ of footage, documenting Shakedown nights throughout the late nineties and early noughties – the women who performed and the women who watched.

Weinraub, both documentarian and club member, appears sporadically; interviewing the performers, organisers and club staff; an eclectic mix of queer women of colour and a range of female identified people from studs to femmes. A raw, smokey blend of the personal and political set against the backdrop of a politically charged LA following the protest over the filmed violation of Rodney King and the OJ case. We see shocking moments of power exerted by the police, but also genuine heart from the families and community  that were created thanks to Shakedown. This is a documentary that helps us process the early 2000s, celebrates female desire and motivate us to fight for the spaces that keep it burning.

Festivals: The Film Collaborative