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Pier Kids
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Pier Kids, dir. Elegance Bratton, USA 2019, 96 min., English

Desean fears that committing a crime or getting HIV might be his best routes to escaping life on the streets. Casper is left vulnerable in his pursuit for true love while navigating his own homelessness. Krystal uses the ballroom scene as a way to survive – but when her gay family proves unable to help her, she’s forced to go back to her blood family for support. Elegance Bratton’s compelling debut feature follows three young homeless people through New York over the course of five years. 

Named for the Christopher Street Pier, a longtime hub for young gay people in Manhattan, Pier Kids interrogates the meaning of community among at-risk LGBT young people of colour in an attempt to understand what it means to be young, black and queer in New York today – 50 years after the Stonewall riots.
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