Why you need to watch it:
Knowing your queer history is essential, and the award-winning When The Beat Drops offers an immersive deep-dive inside the growing culture of bucking—an energetic, hyper-athletic, dance phenomenon cultivated by queer people of color in the Deep South.
Directed by choreographer legend Jamal Sims, the film follows Anthony Davis, Lynel “Napoleon” Goodwin, Dontavius “Flash Prodigy” Body, and Johnny Borders. It opens the door up to a queer dance world of a community of black, gay men whose passions for bucking has led many of the Atlanta group’s members to risk jobs and their personal lives for the sake of the art form they love.
The film was named one of the 11 best LGBTQ documentaries by The Advocate, and has won awards for best documentary by LA Outfest, the Miami Film Festival, Frameline Festival, TWIST, Out on Film, and more.
Full of drama, history, and energetic dance numbers, When The Beat Drops is a must-see.
“We have to learn about each other in order to empathize with each other,” said director, Jamal Sims. “Sometimes we fear the things that we don’t know about. When the Beat Drops shows a community that is still thriving in Atlanta, and I think that people need to learn about the different types of communities. When you learn about people, you stop being fearful and learn to accept them for exactly for what they are. Knowledge is power, and we need to be educated in these times.”
Where to watch it:
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