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Check It



Check It


Wednesday 13 February 8.30pm Channel 039

The film explores African-American gay and transgender youths in Washington D.C., who founded their own gang for self-protection called “The Check-It”. Often living in extreme poverty or made homeless by parents who do not accept them, skipping school to avoid violent attacks, the kids spend much of their time on the streets. Targeted simply because of the way they walk or talk, a group of 9th graders founded the gang in 2009 as a way to retaliate and protect themselves from the violence they experienced daily. Led by an ex-convict named Mo, Check-It members are now creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up with is a daunting task.