With Special Guests Jac Gares (Director) and Cece McDonald (subject)
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 • 12:00 AM
On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was 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 and executive producer Laverne Cox. Cox used this platform to explore the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe’s case. CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader. Documentarian Jac Gares pushed past everyday narratives of victimhood that surround the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement to critically interrogate and disassemble the prison industrial complex. Desc. courtesy of the L.A. Film Festival. Director Jac Gares and subject Cece Macdonald will be joining us in-person for this screening. Produced and hosted by actress Laverne Cox, Free CeCe! is a documentary about CeCe McDonald, a trans woman of color who was incarcerated after defending herself against an attacker. McDonald, who has been released and is now an advocate for prison reform, joins us after the film for a discussion with the film’s director, Jacqueline Gares. After the Q&A, grab a drink from the cash bar at Taste café and chat with our special guests — or check out the exhibit “Political Intent" in gallery 158, featuring work inspired by CeCe and other extraordinary activists. This film occurs after Museum hours. Please use the Huntington Entrance. Museum doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the film and will be closed 30 minutes after it starts. Latecomers will not be admitted.