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Exclusive Clip From Los Angeles Film Festival Doc Competition Entry 'The New Black'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 14, 2013 at 3:17PM

Exclusive Clip From Los Angeles Film Festival Doc Competition Entry 'The New Black'
The New Black

Here's a clip from Yoruba Richen's much-anticipated feature documentary, The New Black, already a recipient of a few prestigious awards, including the Creative Promise Award at Tribeca All Access, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The topical documentary makes its World Premiere, tonight at 7:30pm, at the Los Angeles Film Festivalin the Documentary Competition

The screening appears to be just about sold out, although, according to the LAFF website, you may be able to get tickets at the door.

The next and final screening will take place on Sunday Jun 16th at 6:50pm, and it looks like tickets are still available to purchase online. So if you're attending LAFF this week/weekend, click HERE to make your purchase.

Here's an official synopsis of the film:

THE NEW BLACK tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. We meet activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, a state with a 30 percent African-American population. Through this story, the film 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 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.

Yvonne Whelbon and Angela Tucker are producers of the film that I'm sure will inspire lots of conversation after audiences see it. I'm looking forward to screening it myself, but I'm not at the LAFF this year; although Nijla Mumin is covering the festival for S&A, so look out for her review(s).

In the meantime, here's the exclusive clip that S&A has been granted to publish (underneath you'll find the film's poster:

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