Birkbeck School of Law and BiGS (Birkbeck Gender & Sexuality Group) present a film screening of the award-winning documentary Out in the Night. Through the lives of four young women, Out in the Night reveals how race, gender identity and sexuality can become criminalised in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with artists, activists and film-makers, including: Campbell X, Hayley Reid, Raju Rage, Gloria Morrison and Chryssy Hunter.
About the film: In August 2006, a group of young African American lesbian friends were harassed and attacked by a man in Greenwich Village, New York. The women defended themselves, but were arrested for offences including “gang assault”. Three who plead guilty were sentenced to six months, the other four (the “New Jersey Four”) were tried and convicted, receiving prison sentences from three to eleven years. Subsequent appeals overturned two of the convictions, but the four women served years in prison. Out in the Night (made in 2013) examines this incident and its aftermath, using interviews of those involved and their families, court and police records, and CCTV footage.