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Check It

Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer

EnglishUSA201691 min

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Overview

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.

Producer: Wren Arthur | Editor: Tom Patterson | Cinematographer: Toby Oppenheimer

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