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Posted by Gillian Smith at 4:11PM

Blog post written by Gillian Smith '12, FLEFF Intern, Journalism, Harwich, MA

This afternoon I attended the screening of Dream Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project, a film about the murder of Sakia Gunn in Newark, New Jersey. Sakia was a 15 year old lesbian teen who was murdered on at a bus stop in the city because she would not sleep with the man who propositioned her. 

This film was an extremely provocative piece that explored the judicial system and the struggle of the black community in Newark. This film sparked an interesting conversation afterwards about the plight of people trying to fight for acceptance not only for black people, but also for the LGBT community. 

We discussed how the families of the murderer and the victim both had to use the courtroom as their only venue to express their suppression and anger with societal roles. I was impressed with the level of research that went into this film, and i think it is a worthwhile film for everyone to see and discuss. 

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