This Charlotte film festival explores diverse themes and common ground

“You stand in the presence of a legend,” famed author and activist Janet Mock tells a cheering audience in the opening scene of the documentary “Mama Gloria.”

Mock is referring to Gloria Allen, a 75-year-old icon in Chicago’s LGBTQ community who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and famously said: “The only time I ever went in a closet was to pick out a pair of shoes.”

“Mama Gloria” is having its N.C. premiere at this year’s CineOdyssey Film Festival, an annual three-day event showcasing diverse, contemporary films from communities around the world that are reflected in Charlotte.

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Special Drive In Screening

Special Drive In Screening Saturday November 7,
2020 5:00 pm
– “Momma Gloria”

International House (Midwood International & Cultural Center) 1817 | Central Avenue , Charlotte, NC 28205

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Farewell Amore

Reunited after 17 years, an Angolan immigrant is joined in the U.S. by his wife and daughter. Now strangers sharing a one-bedroom apartment, they discover a shared love of dance that may help them overcome the distance between them.Directed by Ekwa MsangiCast: Ntare Mwine, Zainab Jah, Jayme Lawson, Nana Mensah, Marcus Scribner, and Joie Lee