June 29 Film Screening of Out in the Night

Monday, 29 June 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join Bent Bars at a free public screening of the award-winning documentary Out in the Night . Bent Bars collective member Chryssy Hunter will be speaking on the panel following the film.

Details of the event:

Birkbeck School of Law and BiGS (Birkbeck Gender & Sexuality) are co-hosting a film screening of the award-winning documentary Out in the Night. Through the lives of four young women, Out in the Night reveals how race, gender identity and sexuality can become criminalised in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system. 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with artists, activists and film-makers. The panel will be chaired by Eddie Bruce-Jones.  

Speakers include:

  • Campbell X is an award-winning filmmaker and writer who made the feature length comedy movie Stud Life.
  • Hayley A. Reid is a documentary filmmaker with a keen interest in social justice, arts activism and documenting the lives of LGBTQI People of Colour in the UK. Hayley is also the Social Media Coordinator for Justice for Gay Africans.
  • Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist, creative-critical writer and community organiser who is proactive about carving space, self-representation and self-empowerment using art and activism to forge creative survival. They are an organiser and member of QT*IPOC Collective Creativity, a Sub Editor for Beyond the Binary online magazine and a self/published writer. http://www.rajurage.com
  • Gloria Morrison is a founding member and organizer with the campaigning group JENGBA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association) which aims to support people who have been wrongfully convicted in relation to the law of joint enterprise.
  • Chryssy Hunter is writing her PhD thesis on constructions of trans* and sex-gender nonconforming identities and embodiments in contemporary UK culture and law. She works in the charity sector in LGBTQ support services and is engaged in voluntary work with the Bent Bars Project, helping maintain a penpal network for LGBTQ prisoners in Britain.
  • Eddie Bruce-Jones is a lecturer in law at Birkbeck School of Law. His activism-led research includes work on deaths in police custody in the UK and Germany, equality law, and archival work on migration, diaspora & ancestral memory. Eddie serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.

About the film: In August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends were harassed and attacked by a man in Greenwich Village, New York.  The women defended themselves, but were arrested for offences including “gang assault”.  Three who plead guilty were sentenced to six months, the other four (the “New Jersey Four”) were tried and convicted, receiving prison sentences from three to eleven years.  Subsequent appeals overturned two of the convictions, but the four women served years in prison.  Out in the Night (made in 2013) examines this incident and its aftermath, using interviews of those involved and their families, court and police records, and CCTV footage.

This event is free and open to all - book your place here

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London

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This event is wheelchair accessible.  If you face other access barriers or require more detailed accessibility information, please let us know so we can support your full participation. Contact the event organiser: Sarah Lamble s.lamble@bbk.ac.uk