About: A searching examination of a Texas murder to determine whether or not an innocent man was put to death, exploring the prejudice and discrimination that persists today in America’s Hispanic community.
Select Festivals: DOC NYC, New Orleans, True/False, BlackStar, Wicked Queer, Frameline, Virginia
About: A portrait of several homeless queer youth of color in NYC.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read: Caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, homeless queer and trans youth of color hang out at Christopher Street Pier, forging their own chosen family. Genuine and charming, these eloquent youth must contend with overwhelming amounts of homophobia and abuse. As real as it gets, and with intimate, immersive access to the hazardous life of its vulnerable but fearless protagonists, director Elegance Bratton’s still-hopeful portrait exposes a raw side of New York City many often choose to ignore.
Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 30: PRAY AWAY
Director: Kristine Stolakis
World Premiere: Tribeca 2020 (unscreened)
Select Festivals: Telluride, Hot Docs, Florida, Doc10, AFI Docs
About: A powerful exposé on gay conversion programs, revealing the damage inflicted by shame and repression through intimate testimonies from current members and former leaders of the pray the gay away movement.
About: Everything is not as it seems for an American family that flees to Canada to protect their hacker son from US government persecution.
The film screened as part of DOC NYC, for which our program notes read: Director Sonia Kennebeck investigates the strange case of Anonymous hacktivist Matt DeHart and his claims of persecution by the US government. He and his parents fled the US seeking asylum in Canada after law enforcement brought charges against him for child pornography. DeHart counters that he’s being framed, targeted for his support of Wikileaks, and that he was tortured in a US prison. Unfolding like an espionage mystery, the film follows a multiyear quest for truth, with unexpected twists and turns until the very end.