Director: Elegance Bratton | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2019 | Length: 85 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years
Genres: Documentary | | Regions: USA

Screened as part of TOAFF20

Once home to the Stonewall uprising and US gay liberation movement of the 1970s, New York’s Christopher Street and its neighbouring pier are now the places where queer youth of colour, many of whom are experiencing homelessness, assemble and seek support and solidarity in the face of harassment, racism, and rejection.

In this honest and empathetic debut, director Elegance Bratton offers an intimate and moving portrait of the realities of these LGBTQ+ youth, shedding light on the harassment and police profiling they are confronted with on a daily basis.

Poignant and genuine in its approach, Pier Kids pays tribute to the power of queer community and chosen family.

Content notes:
Contains discussions of queerphobia, homophobia and transphobia

Screening as part of TOAFF20

“Elegance Bratton’s raw, affecting documentary gives voice to neglected members of the LGBTQ community.” Hollywood Reporter

“What Pier Kids does almost effortlessly is expose the inspiring beauty and undulating but fierce fervor emanating from these characters.” Vox