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Brown-skin showgirls, whites-only audiences, and the brave African-American showman who left an extraordinary legacy despite the insurmountable odds against him and his dreams. 

Synopsis:


Step right up, folks! Filmmaker Leslie Cunningham is taking viewers on a tour of her grandfather’s Black and Cuban traveling revue that endures racism, segregation and immigration laws to become the no.1 outdoor show in America during Jim Crow times. Also unearthed is the legend of her grandfather, African American showman Leon Claxton 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, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana is a poetic and provocative full-length documentary film that features breathtaking show photographs, rarely seen historical clips, artful reenactments and on-camera interviews with a colorful cast of characters who witnessed the spectacle and knew of Tampa’s most beloved showmen. Classic and new music remember the voluptuous brown-skin showgirls and 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. 


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