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The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community's institutional pillar-the black church and reveals the Christian right wing's strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda. The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.

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    • Author: asAS
    I was lucky enough to catch this film in the LGBT Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the director was present - she had a long Q&A session with us and accepted to engage longer in conversation when we stepped outside the theater.

    The documentary investigates how the African American community (mainly of Maryland) feels about homosexual marriage and its being protected by law. It has a logical and intriguing style of narrative, with smooth segues, and despite its lack of a soundtrack, there is a rhythm in it. The time passed by quickly, there were moments of mirth, sadness, anger and delight in it. The documentary doesn't fail to draw you in, but it does make you feel conflicted: on the one hand, you are happy about all that is shown to have been achieved in the last few years, but on the other you realize that the battle to legalize gay marriage is far from over.

    Informative, all-inclusive, solid documentary that shows a point of view we don't often get to see. The director could have gone even farther and deeper, but it was a pleasant movie experience nonetheless.
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