The New Black

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

co-presented with Community Cinema

“Its true subject, in the words of one activist, is nothing less than the unfinished business of black people being free.” — Ernest Hardy / Village Voice

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, charting the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

Post-Screening Q&A

Yoruba Richen (Director / Producer / Writer) has directed and produced films in the United States, Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. Richen’s award-winning film, Promised Land, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Festival and has screened at numerous festivals around the world. It received a Diverse Voices Co-Production fund award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and won the Fledgling Fund Award for Social Issue Documentary. Richen has produced for the investigative unit of ABC News and the independent news program Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. In 2007, she won a Fulbright Award in filmmaking and traveled to Salvador, Brazil, where she began production on Sisters of the Good Death, a documentary about the oldest African women’s association in the Americas and the annual festival they hold celebrating the end of slavery. In 2012, Richen won the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award and became a Guggenheim fellow. She is a graduate of Brown University and the University of California, Berkeley. Richen currently teaches documentary film at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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Space is limited. First come first served.
Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm


DCTV was happy to be selected by Community Cinema as a Producing Partner a second time for this 2013-2014 season, and looks forward to screening more incredible previews of films from PBS’s Independent Lens.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens and other PBS presentations. Community Cinema is on location in more than 95 cities nationally, bringing together leading organizations, community members, and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

DCTV Presents is DCTV's signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community. From screening films by emerging artists to hosting master classes led by renowned groundbreakers in the industry, each event offers the public a unique and inclusive opportunity to share, support and embrace truly independent art. All events are open to the public, and serve super cheap drinks, alcoholic & non!

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