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Southern Documentary Fund Fresh Docs: Jig Show

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The Southern Documentary Fund dedicates is 2017-2018 Fresh Docs screenings to the North Carolina Arts Council's 50th Anniversary. 

JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana is a feature documentary film by Leslie Cunningham who takes viewers on a tour of her grandfather’s Black and Cuban traveling show that endures racism, segregation and immigration laws to become popular in the 1940s through the 1960s.  Also unearthed is the legend of African American carnival king, Leon Claxton, arguably one of the fathers of modern American entertainment who leaves an extraordinary legacy despite the insurmountable odds against him and his dreams. A magical journey into the complexities of American entertainment, race history and family legacy, the film features breathtaking show photographs, rarely seen historical clips and on-camera interviews with a colorful cast of characters. Classic and new music remember the voluptuous showgirls and tenacious entertainers who bravely showcased their talents on the front-line of racial polarization and left an indelible mark on the history of entertainment around the globe. Visit