Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer
Crime, LGBTQ, Social Issues
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Early on in Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer’s vivid documentary, a title card flashes declaring that Washington, DC, has one of the nation’s highest rates of hate crimes against the LGBTQ community. For those gay and transgender youth brought up in a world of poverty and violence, survival is all the less likely.
Fed up with the bullying they’d endured, three ninth graders decided to take matters into their own hands and formed the first-known gay African American gang, Check It. It now boasts over 200 members who have stuck together even as their rap sheets have grown. Yet some of them are ready to turn their lives around. With help from gang counselors and other advocates, they’re finding a way forward—through, of all things, fashion. Flor and Oppenheimer offer a compassionate and clear-eyed look at a hidden subculture as it evolves.
In her first documentary, photographer Katy Grannan reveals a ravaged America through her portraits of sex worker Kiki and her damaged companions, who live in the modern-day purgatory of Modesto. Grannan’s luminous visuals highlight this microcosmic study of human aspiration and resilience.
Darius McCollum has spent 23 years in maximum-security prison for hijacking hundreds of trains and buses—all to feed his obsession with driving them. This fascinating documentary places the story of McCollum, who has Asperger’s, within the framework of our broken justice system.
A group of brave women of color from east Los Angeles form the heart and soul of this powerful documentary about an all-female cycling brigade. Called the Ovarian Psycos, these women take back the night, supporting each other as they attempt to heal themselves and their community.