Check It

2016

Check It

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Check It is about a gay African-American gang struggling to survive in one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods. The film is an intimate portrait of 4 childhood friends - as they claw their way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue - fashion. With members now numbering in the hundreds, the Check It is a small gang in one city but it reflects a national issue. Being gay in poor, violent African-American neighborhoods carries a dangerous stigma. Standing up for who they are is more than an issue of pride for this group-it's risking their lives.

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  • Check It is a powerful and electrifying film, full of characters who exude wisdom, authenticity, and bravado. Their lives beg telling, but this is only half the story.

    July 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Jude Dry

    indieWire
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  • Despite occasional narrative gaps, "Check It" is consistently compelling, with a brisk pace and vivid personalities making up for the occasional unanswered question.

    April 25, 2016 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • As is the case for any documentary about a potentially uncomfortable subject, Check It deserves as much distribution and exposure as possible - both for its importance and for its ability to orchestrate the change it desires.

    September 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Check It provides a realistic look at the effects of cyclical poverty, prejudice, and homelessness on gay youth. Advocacy groups in the nation's capital are still basking in the victory of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

    September 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Check It is documentation of the first all-gay gang in America and it shows the truly complicated lives led by its members.

    August 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A mixture of tragedy, laughter and wildly clashing perspectives makes Check It a compelling subject.

    February 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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