5 PM | The Plaza Theatre | PG
DIRECTED BY ANNALISE OPHELIAN
2015 | USA | 95 mins I PG
This is the story of one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act.
7 PM | The Plaza Theatre | PG
DIRECTED BY DANA FLOR
2016 I USA I 90 min
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.
DIRECTED BY LANA AND LILLY WACHOWSKI
1996 | USA | 108 mins
Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of a violent gangster, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), while Corky is fresh out of prison and doing renovations on the apartment next door. As the two women launch into a passionate love affair, they assemble an intricate plan for Violet to escape from Caesar, with two million dollars of the mob’s money but the important part is to make it out alive.
Don’t forget to head over to the Naked Leaf for our Programmers’ Corner series after all three films. Drink tea whilst debriefing about the great film you’ve just watched!