Check It – Come As You Are

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/07/2017
20:00 - 23:30

Location
Pakhuis De Zwijger

Category(ies)


‘Check It’ is a documentary about possibly the only gay street gang in the world. In Washington DC a group of black gay and transsexual young people formed a gang to protect each other against violence and abuse. The gang members earn a living like any street gang: with robberies and theft. But they also created a family for each other to feel safe and be themselves. Over the years the gang has grown to over 200 members and established a place for itself in the street culture of Washington DC.

Filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer gained the trust of a couple of the gang members and were allowed to follow and film them. The created a documentary centered around three gang members, which shows their troubled past, their present day lives within the gang and their hopes for the future.

This documentary is part of an evening called ‘What’s Up?’. This is a series of evenings about the latest developments within the creative industry in Amsterdam. This evening starts with a talkshow titled ‘Come As You Are’. This talk show focusses on diversity and role models within the LGBQI+ community. Three guests who talk about breaking down barriers between genders and creating more diverse (role) models within art, fashion, nightlife and the LGBQI+ community.

Time and Tickets

  • ‘Come As You Are’ talk show starts at 8PM
  • ‘Check It’ starts at 10PM. The film is in English.
  • Entry is free, but a reservation is required. You can make a reservation here (Check It) and here (Come As You Are)

See here for the trailer of the ‘Check It’ documentary