Activists on Screen: Trans Activism

9 Mar (15:00)
Activists On Screen: Trans Activism
Activists on Screen: Trans Activism

⌚️2024-03-09 15:00:00 –
🏢Museum of the City of New York

Join acclaimed artists and filmmakers exploring trans New Yorkers’ lives for a screening and conversation. From imagining the experiences of historical figures to sharing moments from the lives of current New Yorkers, this screening will also provide a glimpse into spaces in the city navigated by trans residents and acts of everyday resistance past and present. Films include Pier Kids (2019, 96 min) and more.

A conversation with filmmakers will follow the screenings.

About Pier Kids:
Pier Kids interrogates the meaning of community, both within at-risk LGBT youth of color and in the larger gay community as well. Casper, a trans-attracted young black man, is left vulnerable in his pursuit for true love, all the while navigating homelessness. Desean is at a critical point in his life: he must navigate whether the best alternative to escaping homelessness is to commit a crime or become HIV+. Krystal utilizes the ballroom scene as a way to survive, but when her gay family proves unable to help her, she is forced to go back to her blood family for support. When Krystal and her birth mother are face to face, they realize that the only thing they can agree on when it comes to Krystal’s identity is their mutual love of gospel. Pier Kids puts the viewer in the skin of the pier kids it depicts, and shows what happens to gay youth when they are kicked out. The film follows these youth over the course of five years to understand what it means to be black and queer 50 years after Stonewall…

Activists on Screen is a new documentary film series examining NYC’s longstanding engagement with social activism, inspired by the Museum's centennial and our ongoing exhibition Activist New York. The series is programmed by Sarah Seidman, MCNY's Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism, and film curator Melissa Lyde, founder and creator of Alfreda's Cinema.

General Admission $10 | Members $5

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