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Out in the Night

Taking us beyond the sensational “Attack of the Killer Lesbians” headlines, blair dorosh-walther’s provocative documentary pulls back the curtain on a tragic miscarriage of justice.
In New York City’s West Village in 2006, four gay African-American women were brutally assaulted by a stranger whose unwanted sexual advances they’d just spurned. In defending themselves, they also unwittingly left themselves vulnerable to draconian prison sentences that wrested them from their supportive New Jersey families. dorosh-walther returns to the scene of their alleged crime, using security footage to condemn the deplorable conduct of unscrupulous reporters and callous police officers. With a deep compassion for its subjects tempering its outrage over the indignities they’ve suffered, the film poses a troubling question: How would have this unfolded had it been four straight white women instead? [Synopsis courtesy of LA Film Festival]