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Join us at the 2016 Democratic National Convention for a special screening of Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer's CHECK IT.
We live in an age where gay bashing worldwide is increasingly met with zero tolerance, but in the life of the Check It, intolerable harassment happens daily with mind-numbing regularity and no media coverage.
CHECK IT is an intimate portrait of a gay African American gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.’s most violent neighborhoods through an unlikely avenue: Fashion. Following one small gang — the Check It — in one city, this exceptional documentary reflects a broader national issue. Being gay in poor, violent African American neighborhoods carries a dangerous stigma and for the Check It, and those like them, standing up for who they are is more than an issue of gay pride. It’s literally risking their lives.
11:20am: Post-screening Panel and Audience Q&A moderated by the Independent Journal Review's Kate Glassman Bennett and Hunter Schwarz, co-authors of The Political Edit. The panel will feature award-winning director Toby Oppenhemier, film characters Tray and Ronald "Mo" Moten, and the Deputy Mayor of Washington, DC, Courtney Snowden.
The Arden Theatre
40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106