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Chocolate Babies

Stephen Winter

Occupying the space between fantasy, tragedy, and comedy, the award winning Chocolate Babies is a roller-coaster ride that has been provoking laughter and dialogue since its 1997 premiere.


An underground band of HIV-positive, queer, urban, genderqueer, activists of color is making headlines in New York City. In an effort to expose political corruption surrounding the AIDS epidemic, these urban guerrillas stage a series of surprise attacks against conservative politicians whom they believe are collecting secret lists of HIV-positive individuals. The masterminds behind the action include “to-the-death!” diva Max Mo-Freak; his determined sister, Jamela; Larva, sex-crazed with an attitude; Lady Marmalade, a junkie songstress; and Sam, an idealistic young militant (and Max Mo’s lover) .Caught up in their extreme methods of activism and self-destructive drug and alcohol binges, the group becomes torn by infighting and begins to lose sight of their mission and loyalty to each other. Will they find the peace and justice they seek?


“The perfect combo of John Waters transgression and JL Godard’s posterizing reality” – Henry Caul, Letterboxd
“A sort of Born in Flames for the Clinton years; a dizzying visual mixtape that follows a gang of (mostly) HIV-positive queer people of color and their loud direct action war against the conservative politicians who continue to do nothing to stop the spread of the disease decimating their communities, straight and gay. That’s an irresistible hook, but what really surprised me is how Winter uses this premise as a jumping off point for examinations of addiction, alcoholism, abortion, identity, religion, the closet, and the realities of queer inner city life in the 90s. The result is something that feels wholly unique — loud, angry, transgressive, messy, queer. And get this — it’s really funny, too.” – Evan, Letterboxd

“An audacious feature debut. Sharply amusing lines, conveyed with great panache by a talented ensemble.” —Variety

“ … a film of fearless intensity.” —Stanford University Black Arts Quarterly


  • 2/15 | 6:30PM
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