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Jewelle – A Just Vision

Following a dialogue with the director Madeleine Lim and protagonist Jewelle Gomez

Directed by Madeleine Lim – USA, 2022

Translated by Annalisa Napoli

From Black Power in late-60s Boston, to AIDS activism in mid-80s New York, to Marriage Equality in early-10s San Francisco, JEWELLE: A Just Vision shines a joyful and hope-filled spotlight on award-winning novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and journalist Jewelle Gomez.
An Ioway and Wampanoag, Black and Cape Verdean, femme lesbian, Jewelle co-founded decades-old social justice organizations that are more relevant than ever. Expansive in her creative imagination, inclusive in her philanthropic leadership, and passionate in her lesbian of color feminist ethics, she is an unrelenting torchbearer for the transformative power of the artist as activist.
This intimate portrayal weaves haunting visuals, poignant images and personal papers that illuminate her cultural impact. The soundtrack draws on African American and Native American spiritual and musical traditions. It drinks deeply from a life of art and activism, and anchors Jewelle’s personal struggles at the confluence of social movements.

Directed and produced by: Madeleine Lim
Co-Producers: T. Kebo Drew & Ruth Gumnit
Directors of Photography: Madeleine Lim & Ruth Gumnit
Editing: Corey Ohama & Elizabeth Finlayson


Madeleine Lim is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Amsterdam Amnesty International Film Festival. Her work has been featured at universities and museums like the de Young, and Asian Art in San Francisco, and Crocker Art in Sacramento, and broadcast to millions on PBS.

At the age of 23, Lim escaped persecution by the Singaporean government for her organizing work as a young lesbian artist-activist. Ten years later, she created the award-winning documentary Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997), a film that is still banned in Singapore for its exploration of race, sexuality and nationality. As one of a small number of queer women of color filmmakers on the international film festival circuit in the late 1990s, she saw that only queer women of color would tell their own authentic stories. QWOCMAP is the result of her vision and she founded the organization in 2000 with the belief that a community of artist-
activist filmmakers could change the face of filmmaking and the social justice movement.

Under Lim’s leadership, QWOCMAP’s Filmmaker Training Program was awarded 2003 Best Video Program by San Francisco Community Media. In 2005, Lim received the LGBT Local Hero Award from KQED-TV in recognition of her leadership of QWOCMAP and her dedicated service to the queer women of color community.