“Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Project” plays at MoMA this weekend


Sakia Gunn was 15-years-old when she was stabbed as part of a gay hate crime in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey in 2003. A documentary about her life and death, Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Project was put together last year, and showed at NewFest: The NY LGBT Film Festival.

Dreams Deferred is being shown this Saturday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The 58-minute-film is about the aftermath of Gunn’s murder, and how Newark has since held several rallies and vigils in remembrance of the young woman who was called a “dyke” before she was fatally stabbed. It also includes interviews with community members and shows the progress that has been made in the form of alliances, scholarships and even a day dedicated to “No Name Calling.”

Currently, the film is only available for purchase at for schools and educational institutions, so seeing it is pretty rare. MoMA will show it as part of its international documentary film festival, and will also have director Chas B. Brack on hand to answer any questions.

Have you heard of Sakia Gunn or the film based on her death? Does it sound like a documentary you’d want to see?

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