Opening Film – FREE CECE!
Jacqueline Gares; 2016; USA; 85 min. This powerful documentary confronts the epidemic of violence against and incarceration of transgender women of color. FREE CECE! spotlights CeCe McDonald, an African-American transwoman who survived an attack and served time in a men’s prison. Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) explores the roles that race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case, which incited a nationwide “Free CeCe” protest movement. Empowered by her supporters, CeCe emerges as a celebrated advocate for issues of race and gender identity, inspiring us all to take a stand and challenge the prison-industrial complex. Content Warning: CONTAINS VULGAR LANGUAGE, IDENTITY-BASED ABUSE, IMPLIED & GRAPHIC VIOLENCE