This remarkable film examines homophobia inside the black community's institutional pillarthe black churchand 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 as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality while charting the evolution of this divisive issue.
In this timely documentary, filmmaker Yoruba Richen says that she "wanted to show the real effects on people's lives" and also wanted to determine if the black community was more homophobic than other groups. Interestingly, she also discovered that LGBT African-Americans are often left out of the movement entirely and although positive changes regarding gay rights are happening, they may be slower than many prefer. "It's one step forward, two steps back, or two steps forward and one step back," Richen said. "But it's a conversation that's happening more than ever before."
Directed by Yoruba Richen, U.S.A. 2013, 75 mins.Official site Indiewire: director interview WBEZ: director interview