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"In her first feature, director Luchina Fisher lovingly captures the lived experience of a woman who deserves to go down in queer history." POV Magazine
Chigago International Film Festival
Inside Out Film Festival
Meet Mama Gloria. Chicago’s Black transgender icon Gloria Allen blazed a trail for trans people like few others before her. Emerging from Chicago’s South Side drag ball culture in the 1960s, Gloria overcame traumatic violence to become a proud leader in her community. Most famously, she pioneered a charm school for young transgender people that served as inspiration for the hit play Charm. Luchina Fisher’s empathic and engaging documentary is not only a portrait of a groundbreaking legend, but also a celebration of unconditional love, the love Gloria received from her own mother which, in turn, she gave to her chosen children.
United States - 2021 - 1h 15m
Directed By: Luchina Fisher
Written By: Luchina Fisher
Starring: Gloria Allen
Before Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, there was Gloria Allen. MAMA GLORIA is an intimate portrait of a trailblazing 73-year-old black transgender woman who transitioned before Stonewall, started a charm school for transgender youth in her 60s and is aging with joy and grace.