Mama Gloria Film

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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The CineOdyssey Film Festival showcases diverse, contemporary films from around the world, featuring cutting edge works by filmmakers of color from the African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, and Native American diasporas, as well as the U.S.

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