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The New Black
Presented by Puget Sound Black Student Union and Queer Alliance
The Event Program
- Movie presentation of The New Black
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 recent 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 and 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 and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
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This screening will be the culmination of a 3-Night Film Festival sponsored by the University of Puget Sound Black Student Union and Queer Alliance. The festival features films that highlight intersections between black and queer identities with the aim of drawing attention to the erasure of the experiences of queer people of color in American film media. This film will be followed by a talk-back led by a Puget Sound Professor about intersectionality, religion, identity, and representation with respect to The New Black.