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Check It

Check It
Documentary, LGBTQ | 2016
NR. 1hr 30min DIRECTOR: Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer PRIDE FILM SERIES

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.

Led by an ex-convict named Mo, Check It members are now creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up in is a daunting task.

Life for the Check It can be brutal, but – it’s also full of hope and an indomitable resilience. At its heart, CHECK IT explores the undying friendship that exists between these kids – an unbreakable bond that is tested every day as they fight to stand up for who they are in a community relentlessly trying to beat them down.

Contains depictions of violence and drug use, nudity, and profanity.


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Reviews
"Gives a voice to a forgotten subculture for which self-expression is simultaneously dangerous and all-important."
Hannah Ongley, Vice
"Consistently compelling, with a brisk pace and vivid personalities..."
Dennis Harvey, Variety
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