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network 06/06/2017 - 02:00PM

A story of racial injustice and gendered violence wins the CP 2016 Audience Choice Award

Cinema Politica is delighted to announce our 2016 Audience Choice Award-winning film—OUT IN THE NIGHT. This 2014 American doc, directed by blair dorosh-walther and produced by Yoruba Richen, follows the story of four young black lesbians who fight off a violent sexual attack from an older man (all of which is caught on CCTV cameras), only to then suffer the degradations of America's racist media and unjust criminal systems for several ensuing years.

OUT IN THE NIGHT provides a compelling and alarming account of anti-black racism and chauvinism against black lesbians in the United States. With intimate access to the subjects and damning evidence that exposes the despicable portrayal of the women in mainstream media as well as the unfathomable criminal "justice" process that follows, this powerful doc shows the ways in which white supremacy and hetero-patricarchy build and maintain systems that persecute and prosecute those in need of care and protection. Yet the film never falls prey to victim tropes, and instead zooms out to implicate the wider culture and society's most established institutions.

We would like to take this moment to congratulate and commend the filmmakers behind this extraordinary work, and to extend our admiration and respect to the four women featured in the film: Patreese, Renata, Venice and Terrain.

To check out past Audience Choice Award Winners, follow this link.

 

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