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Film Screening
LLC 116
Friday June 28th, Film Screenings 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Screening of OffCenter. OffCenter (2019) is an American, experimental documentary directed by Aylin Sözen and Cesar Jaralillo, emphasizing the attitudes and experiences of unconventional African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender people in Texarkana, a twin city in East Texas and Arkansas. It explores the racial, sexual, and gender identity of five central interviewees rebelling against Southern conservatism. Through firsthand perspectives, the subjects reclaim their identity, acknowledging the importance of affirming blackness, afrocentrism, the preservation of native civilization, and LGBTQ objectives in the rural South. The film merges low-fi cinema with a poetic, cinéma-vérité style to portray the existence of marginalized people, their encounters with racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.


Aylin Sözen is an African American, Turkish lesbian writer, passionate about creative arts emphasizing social justice, black liberation, and representation of underrepresented groups. She was born in Bremen, Germany and moved to Texarkana, Texas during her late childhood years. After high school...

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