CineQ presents 'CHECK IT' with UNUMTED 15

CineQ presents the second in our series of queer film nights. In partnership with SHOUT Festival and UNMUTED, we'll be screening the documentary 'Check It'

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.

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.

This CineQ screening will be followed by a panel discussion from the QPOC (queer people of colour) collective UNMUTED.

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