Free screening of ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ tomorrow night

Chris Mordd Richards 12 July 2016

Matt Shepard is a friend of mine

I know this is late notice but maybe some will see it in time.

A MESSAGE FROM THE US EMBASSY

For Pride Month (increasingly meaningful with the horror of last week), the US embassy is screening ‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ at the National Library on June 21.

You can register here: https://goo.gl/kX7h8u

Here is an excerpt from a review to give you some idea of the film:

“Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine” is a great documentary. It might face an uphill battle to be seen, because it revisits a crime that sparked national reckoning with the reality of homophobia, and that eventually led to the creation of The Matthew Shepard Foundation and the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. I hope people discover it. It is wrenching but never exploitive. It is impressively skeptical of the same mission that it takes on its shoulders: to make something positive from a senseless crime without diminishing its senselessness. This film doesn’t just revisit an atrocity, it moves through it, and finds meaning in it.

Read the full review here: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/matt-shepard-is-a-friend-of-mine-2015


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