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.”
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.