Docs In Theaters: ‘The New Black’


Nonfics is not able to review every documentary and nonfiction film released in the U.S. That’s why Docs In Theaters is here to provide at least a guide to all the new releases, without critical thoughts. Where available, we will link to our own review of the film or a review at our sister site, Film School Rejects.

The New Black

Directed by Yoruba Richen (Promised Land)

Edited by Erin Casper (American Promise; Detropia) and Ali Muney (Robot & Frank)

Official Synopsis: 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. [Official Website]

Winner of the Audience Award at AFI DOCS 2013
Winner of the Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2013 Philly Q Fest
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Framline37 Showcase
Winner of the Best Documentary award at the 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival

Nonfics Rating: ★★★ [Review by Daniel Walber]

Now playing at Film Forum in New York City. Also screening this week in Los Angeles, Bowling Green, OH, and Greensboro, NC.

For details on current and upcoming theatrical openings, check the Screenings page on the film’s website.

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Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.