Berlin! June 7th – BERLIN FILM SOCIETY presents SHAKEDOWN – A film by Leilah Weinraub

SHAKEDOWN (2018) is a dreamlike depiction of Los Angeles’s urban lesbian strip club scene in the early 2000s and the culture that surrounded it. ‘Shakedown’ was a series of parties founded by and for African American women in Los Angeles that featured go-go dancing and strip shows for the city’s lesbian underground scene.

Showing the protagonists backstage and in interviews, this intimate chronicle reveals that ‘Shakedown’ was more than just a strip club; as one of the few spaces for lesbian subculture, the club brought together and galvanised a community of freaks and queers of colour.

Created from over 400 hours of footage that the director has been collecting for the past 15 years, the film incorporates live tapes from the club, backstage videos, archival material, flyers, and interviews. SHAKEDOWN chronicles the explicit performances and personal relationships of the party’s dancers and organizers including Ronnie-Ron, Shakedown Productions’ creator and emcee; Mahogany, the legendary “mother” of the community; Egypt, their star performer; and Jazmine, the “Queen” of Shakedown.


More info & tickets:

7th June – BFS presents: Shakedown at Sisyphos
12th July – BFS presents: ‘Persona’ Ingmar Bergman’s 100th Birthday at FREILUFTKINO HASENHEIDE
9th Aug – announced soon!
13th Sept – announced soon!

Advanced tickets: €10 (plus booking fee):



Sisyphos throws some of the city’s most unhinged parties, often running from Friday to Monday with no break. Situated close to Ostkreuz in an old DDR dog biscuit factory, Sisyphos has developed into a prestigious club of international standing for electronic music in the capital. Rough and raw industrial architecture blends with the DIY-character of Berlin’s club culture. Bricks, concrete, steel and wood come together, creating a diverse composition that narrates the place’s story and its changing use. The vast exterior space constitutes a natural contrast to the towering building of the former factory. Here, freedom is still to be found and experienced.

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