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In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as the aftermath.
'A powerful documentary...Cunningham exposes the virulent hatred that led to the murder, but also and perhaps more crucially shows the conditions of possibility in the school and in the wider community that allowed, and even encouraged, such hatred to erupt into murder. Valentine Road is a forceful indictment of the homophobia, transphobia and racism that led to Larry's death. Anyone who believes that the battle for 'tolerance' for LGBT lives has now been won needs to see this film.' Professor Gayle Salamon, Assistant Professor of English and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University'A deeply moving and human experience...A richly educational work that draws the viewer into a tragic event with empathy and intimacy, and provokes a shift in perception that will be valuable in academic settings...The film makes an overt case for tolerance and understanding of those we might think of as 'other,' and a subtle plea for youth to have safe spaces to explore and grow. It is a valuable resource to stimulate discussion and a mindset shift in educational institutions about questions of identity, tolerance, and violence in our society.' Lina Srivastava, Faculty, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts'Valentine Road vividly illustrates that the hatred that led a classmate to murder Latisha (Larry) King did not exist in a vacuum, but was the product of the bigotry against people of color and LGBT people in her school and community. The film is an excellent teaching tool and sure to generate valuable discussions about institutionalized racism, heterosexism, and genderismShow more Show less