A Documentary Film by award winning producer, Jennifer Abod, Profile Productions


                fearless, provocative, compassionate, inspirational


For over six decades, Angela Bowen has pursued her life passions  while applying the lessons and values she acquired during her youth. 

The PASSIONATE PURSUITS of Angela Bowen is a feature length documentary that begins with Bowen’s discovery of her first love – classical dance – in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts.  In the film, her stories unfold within the cultural, economic and political climate of the times.  Bowen’s desire to perform on Broadway in the 1950s was thwarted by racism.  Like so many other black performers, she had to travel to the stages of Europe to find work.  When Bowen returned to the United States, she married a young drummer and established the only black dance school in Connecticut, The Bowen Peters School of Dance, which influenced many.  During these years, she discovered the writings of black lesbian feminists, which gave her the courage to claim her own sexual identity and transform her life.


June 2012.

I want to thank those of you who have generously supported this project from the beginning.  We are very excited to announce our goal of completing the film this year.  We can do this, but only with the generous support from past friends and new supporters.  We appreciate all donations of any amount.

                                                                                                                                                                    With Gratitude,

Jennifer Abod, PhD

  Producer / Director

Angela Bowen: One Woman’s Passionate Pursuits

Stories exploring the complexity of black women’s lives are rarely told; black feminists are seldom heard or seen; and black lesbians are practically invisible.  We seldom see how the intersections of race, class, gender, age and sexuality manifests in one women’s life.  How did Bowen keep her passions alive, even in the face of poverty and bigotry, and how have her decisions affected the lives of those closest to her?


“Dance turned my world from grey to Technicolor.”


          “From the time I was a little girl, my mother always told me,

           “What’s the use of learning something if you can’t pass it along,

      and that has been with me my whole life long.”



“I see my biggest function as an advocate.  “I am a black, lesbian, feminist,

writer, activist.  I see all of these as equal functions.”



“I love my students…all of them.

Even the ones who exasperate me and whom I exasperate.”



  1. Learning of Angela Bowen’s convictions to pursue her life passions
    has redefined my understanding of devotion and selflessness.
    Through a lifetime of Passionate Pursuits, Angela Bowen has raised the bar
    that measures both character and calling, especially when faced with adversity.
    She has shown us that the passion of one can empower another until soon
    we have empowered a village, and with desire, knowledge and courage,
    we can realize our visions.

    This is film is – “One Woman’s Passionate Pursuits” – a life legacy worth sharing!

    Khari Klein

  2. I very much enjoyed this documentary and am looking forward to viewing the finished product. I’m sure there will be no problem when marketing this video. For example, I imagine PBS would be very interested in picking up this product.

    Just a couple of observations:

    I felt the opening was a little unclear with respect to who was being interviewed and why? Also, some of the edits early on in the documentary seemed rather abrupt. Otherwise a fine production.

    Gordon Phillips

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