Directed by Leilah Weinraub
72 min | 2018 | USA | Not Rated (Mature Audiences Only)
Shakedown is the story of Los Angeles’ black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis. Owned and operated by women, underground and illegal in nature, the club Shakedown emerged from a post-RIOTS, post-OJ, post-integration but still very racially divided Los Angeles.
Showing the protagonists backstage and in interviews, this intimate chronicle reveals that Shakedown was more than just a strip club; as one of the few spaces for lesbian subculture, the club brought together and galvanized a community of freaks and queers of color, and for that it suffered police reprisals. The film’s director is herself a member of this community; using exclusive archive material, posters and flyers, her film takes a personal look at female desire that is rarely presented on the big screen.
Official Selection: 2018 Berlinale Film Festival