Michael Rice’s thought-provoking documentary explores the intersectionality of queer and trans experiences and the prevalence of homophobia in Black spaces. The film addresses the post-Trump era, the impact of George Floyd’s murder, and the story of Iyanna Dior, a transwoman who was attacked in a Minneapolis gas station, shedding light on the complexities of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black as U R is an unvarnished account of the horrific treatment of the African American community and the harsh reality of the treatment of Black trans youth from within. Rice depicts the struggle of being a part of two communities whose struggles for liberation do not always align, as the legacies of colonization silos the lived experience of queerness and racial identity.

Michael Rice

Michael Rice is a filmmaker, producer, choreographer and creative director for stage and film. His uncompromising vision is to bring the stories and art of LGBTQ+ communities of color to the forefront of society. Rice has over 15 years’ experience working across multiple platforms, from television to regional theatre. Rice has worked with a slew of different production houses, agencies, and noted artists in his career including IMG, WME, Big Fish Entertainment, Chadwick Boseman, Janet Hubert, composer Bill Lee and theatre guru Woodie King Jr.

Black As U R

Sunday, March 17, 2024 | 3pm EST
USA| 105 min.

105 min USA

2024, features