THE NEW BLACK, a film by Yoruba Richen tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
Film and Discussion: Speaker(s) TBA
Sponsor: Institute for Policy Studies, Community Cinema [DC], ITVS, WHUT, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Busboys and Poets, Center for Social Media at American University, and Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.
Community Cinema is a free monthly screening series, featuring sneak peeks of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, screenings are followed by lively panel discussions that bring together citizens, organizations and public television stations to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.
Community Cinema [DC] hosts screenings each month (from October to June) at Busboys and Poets, Washington DC Jewish Community Center. ITVS also hosts special premieres and events in Washington, DC throughout the year. Click here for more information.