WHAT: Screening of the recent documentary Check It (U.S., Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, 2016, 91 mins.). Presented by Dr. Mark Broomfield of the Department of Dance, SUNY Geneseo.
Synopsis: At first glance, they seem unlikely gang-bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped. Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables, beating people into comas and stabbing enemies with ice picks. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery and drug dealing charges.
With support from the Provost’s Office, the Department of English, and Multicultural Programs & Services. Free and open to the public.