2016 Festival

Friday, April 14 at 9:15pm - Free CeCe!


Black trans elder and legendary activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy describes how everyday personal acts fuel her political activism.

Animation, Directed by Reina Gossett. 3 minutes.





On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox. Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CECE!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. Documentarian Jacqueline (Jac) Gares pushed past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. CeCe's powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly.

Documentary, Directed by Jacqueline Gares. 100 minutes.

* Cece McDonald and filmmaker Jacqueline Gares present for discussion.