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Check It

DANA FLOR, TOBY OPPENHEIMER
USA, 2016
91 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Co-Directors Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer

Directors Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, creators of the HBO documentary The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, shine their empathetic light on an overlooked aspect of D.C. life: gay and transgendered kids struggling to find a place for themselves. Tired of being bullied, several teens and young adults formed their own gang, Check It, to literally fight back. Now more than 200 LGBT youths claim membership. The film follows a lively subset of the group as they overcome considerable odds, including their own anger. "I just want to relax," says Tray, who has both "boy" and "girl" Instagram accounts. The real heroes are Ron Moten, a gang counselor whose dedication to creating better lives for these kids is beyond inspiring, and boxer Duke Buchanan, whose own struggles mirror those of the kids he mentors. The filmmakers' camera often captures unsettling violence, but ultimately the message is one of hope.—Dave Nuttycombe

Check It

DANA FLOR, TOBY OPPENHEIMER
USA, 2016
91 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Co-Directors Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer

Directors Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, creators of the HBO documentary The Nine Lives of Marion Barry, shine their empathetic light on an overlooked aspect of D.C. life: gay and transgendered kids struggling to find a place for themselves. Tired of being bullied, several teens and young adults formed their own gang, Check It, to literally fight back. Now more than 200 LGBT youths claim membership. The film follows a lively subset of the group as they overcome considerable odds, including their own anger. "I just want to relax," says Tray, who has both "boy" and "girl" Instagram accounts. The real heroes are Ron Moten, a gang counselor whose dedication to creating better lives for these kids is beyond inspiring, and boxer Duke Buchanan, whose own struggles mirror those of the kids he mentors. The filmmakers' camera often captures unsettling violence, but ultimately the message is one of hope.—Dave Nuttycombe


Sunday, April 23
5:45 PM
$14.00 at the theater
Tuesday, April 25
9:00 PM
- $14.00 at the theater

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