Pier Kids: The Life is a documentary film about the Black street culture which thrives on Christopher Street and its piers
At the age of sixteen, I was pushed out of my mother’s home because of my sexual orientation and was subsequently forced to live on the streets of New York. I was lucky though. On my first night, I happened upon a group of black gay men and I followed them to the piers at the edge of the West Village. Little did I know that I had found my spiritual home.
Today, white upper-class families make the West Village their home; but as day turns to night, Christopher Street and its adjacent piers also become home to a transient yet vibrant street community known as the Pier Kids. Forming a significant yet invisible network, the Pier Kids are a queer and transgender community of predominately Black and Latino descent representing nearly four thousand of New York City’s sixteen thousand registered homeless youth. Left to wander and with few economic opportunities, the lives of these social refugees are beset with limited and harrowing options as money and food are everyday struggles. Through it all – or, perhaps, because of it all – hope still exists in the shadows of their neglect and abandonment.
Pier Kids: The Life follows the stories of three young people:
DeSean has been homeless for the past four years but considers the piers his “playground, office, [and] living room”;
Krystal arrived in the West Village after she spent years searching for a place she could finally be herself—a beautiful black transgender woman;
and Casper made Christopher Street his home away from home and in doing so found a safe haven away from the homophobic glare of his black community’s scornful gaze.
Together, these three people weave a surprisingly complex story of love, family, exploitation, and hope. But it’s more than the story of three. It’s the story of thousands.
The creators of Pier Kids canceled their original fundraiser after they only raised around $1000 of their $30,000 goal. I know why most of you aren’t paying attention to this: it’s a movie about queer and trans people of color, most of whom are homeless, but this only got 100 notes in almost a year.
Seriously. What the fuck? Does it really take a bunch of mainstream people and sites to pick this up before you pay attention? Why can’t something like this, made by us about us, get more attention from us??
updated kickstarter link:
theyre just over halfway there!
By Sharon Obuobi
Royal African Society’s annual festival, Film Africa, is back again this year with an engaging program to celebrate the best African cinema from across the continent. Now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights. We’re excited about the lineup of films showcased at Film African this year. Here are ten highlights on film screening at Film Africa 2013 from November 1, 2013 to November 10, 2013.
Ava Duvernay giving me life. Empowering. motivational. Inspirational.
You can’t rely on other- it’s all you, it’s all IN you. Believe in yourself and work hard. Knock off the desperation.
Black Girl In Suburbia (documentary trailer)
Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of Black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues Black girls have relating to both white and Black communities.
Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people, in hopes that these discussions will allow us to reconsider perceptions of ourselves, others and the communities in which we live and share.
Release date 2014
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