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Jewel's Catch One

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4:30 PM

TIFF Bell Lightbox - Cinema 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Los Angeles in the 1970s was a pulsating age of funk, soul and disco, as well as a time of heavy policing on the queer and racialized bodies. Jewel's Catch One is an affectionate, spirited documentary tribute to Jewel Thais-Williams, a working class black lesbian who bought a neighbourhood bar and created a disco for everyone.

In 1973, with only $500 in her pocket, Jewel Thais-Williams opened Catch One, soon attracting folks from all walks of life - regulars included Sandra Bernhard, Madonna and Sharon Stone - and creating a space that soon became a haven for once and still-divided communities. Nightclub owner-turned-activist, Jewel organizes fundraisers and opens a shelter for women with HIV, offering refuge to those whose pain is largely ignored.

In a post-Orlando context, Fitz's portrait of Jewel reminds us all why a nightclub is a profoundly sacred place to those who seek and find community within its walls.

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