A provocative and unflinchingly honest examination of homophobia in Black spaces
With unflinching honesty, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Micheal Rice interrogates the homophobia that characterizes many Black spaces. In the same week and same city that George Floyd was murdered in 2020, a young Black trans woman named Iyanna Dior was beaten by a group of peers in a convenience store. The brutal attack and the lack of attention it received marks the opening flashpoint of this incendiary documentary.
Taking the audience from inside a New York barbershop to the open city streets, Rice records honest testimonials from Black folks across generations and looks back to his Southern upbringing and his own internalized prejudice. BLACK AS U R reflects a step toward connection and catharsis, and is Rice’s attempt to confront the African-American community about queerphobia, through the searing stories of queer Black people.
This film will be followed by a Q&A.
PRECEDED BY THE SHORT FILM:
Dirs. Mx. Roti, Davis Alexander James, USA, 2022, 5 min
A Black trans person navigates the barbershop, illuminating the complexity and dynamism of gender expression.
Presented in partnership with Harlem Pride
Edward J. Radford