Directors: Leilah Weinraub

  • COUNTRY : United States


'Shakedown' was a series of parties run by African American women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancers and strip shows for the city's lesbian underground scene. Inspired by transwoman Mahogany who, as the mother of the scene, presided over queer strip shows and balls in the 1980s, butch lesbian Ronnie Ron created, produced and presented the new shows in which the largely female clientele from slipped dollar notes into lap dancers' panties while celebrating lesbian sexuality to pulsating hip-hop beats.Filmed by director Leilah Weinraub in the lo-fi vibe of the early 2000s every weekend the club was open, the film buoyantly and joyfully shares its scintillating, pulsating world. Along with Ronnie Ron and Mahogany, two Shakedown Angels named Egypt and Jazmine rapturously guide viewers through the club's many ups and downs. A document in the true sense of the word, Shakedown's key strength is that it is made by someone who was at the centre of the scene, rather than a spectator looking in.

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