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An exuberant NYC community fights the U.S. prison system while dancing for liberation to classic house tracks


North American Premiere.

This galvanizing documentary examines the U.S. prison system through the lens of house music, telling the story of a political collective and anti-incarceration dance party in Lower Manhattan. Filmmaker Phil Collins joins with Black queer artists and activists to chronicle the history of this public art project and its mission of exuberant survival.

Blending the ballroom culture of PARIS IS BURNING with the fiery activism of HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, BRING DOWN THE WALLS is a loud cry against mass incarceration, a showcase of nightlife in downtown NYC, and a joyous call for equity on the dance floor and beyond.

Presented in partnership with Harlem Pride


Phil Collins


88 minutes




Streaming: October 15 - 26
In-Person: October 21 at 7:30PM (BAM - Cinema 1)