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Black Alphabet film fest to honor Trans Awareness Week
2019-09-19

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Black Alphabet Film Festival returns for its seventh year, showcasing films that highlight and explore the LGBTQ and same-gender-loving ( SGL ) experience—and it will take place at the same time as Transgender Awareness Week.

This year, the festival will be held on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 9-10, at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on the University of Chicago campus.

"We are excited to once again bring Black Alphabet back to an area that many people in our community reside. It was intentional for us to have the film festival around the same time as Transgender Awareness Week so that we can properly honor Black trans people." Black Alphabet NFP's President Adam L. McMath said.

The schedule on Nov. 9 will begin at 11 a.m. with a free reception and photo opportunity, followed by the screening of the web series King Ester ( about a trans woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans during the week before Hurricane Katrina ), and a post-screening talk-back with the director, actors and members of the community.

The Nov. 10 itinerary will include select short films and documentaries throughout the afternoon, including Outdooring, the story of a young Ghanaian man who attends his nephew's baptism with a plan to keep his deep secret hidden from his family; Tender, a documentary about the epidemic of trans homelessness in the Bay Area; and Rafiki, the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya.

Tickets are now available at Blackalphabet.org/events. Separate tickets must be selected for each day.


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