This is a story that needs to be told.

Back in 2006, four New Jersey women got into a violent altercation with a man in New York’s Greenwich Village. According to the women, they were merely defending themselves after being harassed by Dwayne Buckle. The attack left Buckle with a stab wound and the women on trial for attempted murder.

The story of that fateful afternoon is the subject of the forthcoming documentary, The Fire This Time by filmmaker Blair Doroshwalther. The film takes a look at the incident from the women’s points of view, giving them a chance to tell their truths after being lambasted in the media and called a “lesbian wolf pack.”

Shadow & Act gives more details:

The Fire This Time tells the story of the women’s trial and prison sentences, and the years-long fight by relatives and activists to get the women released, revealing how the media, homophobia, and racism all work together in American culture to stigmatize and victimize gay people of color.

Doroshwalther received a grant from the Sundance Institute to finish the film, and according to its website, it’s currently in post-production.

The Fire This Time is expected to premier later this year and from the looks of the trailer, it’s definitely a must-see.

  • Ms. Information

    What did other witnesses say?

  • ruggie

    I for one did follow the story as it unfolded and there was a great deal of derision and disbelief directed at the man in this case as well. He was looked at as not a “real” victim then later as a wimp for pressing charges and testifying.

    Let’s talk about violence and harassment on the part of black females. If you’ve ever been jumped or threatened by a group of girls, you’ll know what I mean. Add to that, a new form of aggression by people who just so happen to be gay and female. I have personally witnessed female-on-female sexual harassment, where a teen girl walking by herself was catcalled and propositioned by a group of masculine styled young women. There are women who have taken on the worst qualities of men, violence, imitative patriarchy and aggression.

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