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Directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
83 min | 2016 | Netherlands/Belgium | Not Rated
In 1991, Madonna launched the now legendary “Blonde Ambition” tour and solidified her LGBT influence in the pop cultural zeitgeist with a group of seven male back-up dancers. Directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan craft their story beginning at the moment Madonna places an ad that read “FIERCE male dancers who know the meaning of TROOP STYLE, BEAT BOY and VOGUE…wimps and Wanna-Be’s need not apply,” through the filming of the controversial behind-the-scenes documentary Truth or Dare, which presented Madonna and her group of seven dancers as an out-and-proud ensemble promoting a sex-positive and diversity-embracing messages at the height of the AIDS epidemic, to the aftermath of tour, which earned accusations of obscenity and blasphemy at various tour stops.
Strike a Pose continues to explore the direction the dancers’ lives have taken, while looking back at their time as part of a groundbreaking and a LGBT empowering event. The dancers—Kevin Stea, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Luis Camacho, Gabriel Trupin and Carlton Wilborn—reflect on being swept up into Madonna’s world and their lives after the tour that found some of them involved in lawsuits and learning to live with HIV. Their willingness to discuss all of their highs and lows presents a touching portrait of a group of young men who found the courage to be themselves and in doing so, inspired a generation of LGBT youth.
Official Selection: 2016 Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival, 2016 Berlinale, 2016 Hot Docs Film Festival
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