Toronto: Directed by TorontoÂ based Nimisha Mukerji, Tempest Storm is a fascinatingÂ documentary that explores the controversial life story of Americaâ€™s most iconic exoticÂ dancer, who at age 87 (now 88) is trying to reconcile with the family she walked awayÂ from 50 years ago. The film raises issues of class, gender and race. Tempest Storm was declared one of theÂ sexiest women of all time by Hugh Hefner and iconized by cult filmmaker Russ Meyer. She was bedmate to both Elvis and JFK, and became an international star on the stageÂ and screen in the 1950s. But she also lost Hollywood contracts after pursuing anÂ interracial marriage with Duke Ellingtonâ€™s lead singer Herb Jeffries. Fame itself also came at a cost. In the film, we see Tempest, hoping to reconnect withÂ her siblings, exÂhusband Herb and estranged daughter. Born in a leap year, Tempest likes to point out that she is really only 22 years old. Today,Â she maintains her fiery red hair and a figure that still slips into her showgirl costumes fromÂ decades gone by. She came from humble beginnings as a cotton picker in rural Georgia.Â The film uses neverÂbeforeÂseen photos, archival footage and interviews, merging herÂ dramatic past (abusive childhood, four marriages) with an emotional cinema veritÃ©Â unfolding in the present. Producer/director Nimisha Mukerji was born in Toronto, and raised/ educated inÂ Vancouver. Her awardÂwinning documentaries include 65 RedRoses (selected for OprahÂ Winfreyâ€™s Documentary Club on OWN) and Blood Relative (winner of Audience Award atÂ VIFF 2012). The film will open June 17 in Toronto and Vancouver.