AKPM & POV present: Pier Kids

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December 4, 2021
1:00pm Alaskan Time
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Pier Kids, directed by Elegance Bratton and produced by Chester Algernal Gordon, transports audiences to New York City’s historic Christopher Street Pier where homeless queer Black youth navigate the streets to find safety and stability. The film shines a light on an underground community of Pier Kids, showcasing the intricate ways queer people of color utilize public space to build chosen family. This hopeful portrait exposes a side of New York City many often choose to ignore.

Discussion will be facilitated during and after this digital screening in partnership with local nonprofits serving Alaska’s LGBTQ+ homeless youth community,and focusing on hearing from the youth themselves about their experience.

This program is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Open Society Foundations.

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90 minutes


  • Peter Host

    Development Director Alaska Public Media

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    Susan Metcalf


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    Lex Treinen


    General Assignment Reporter & Web Editor While studying Russian at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Lex found a passion for writing for the school paper and after graduating, continued to write for statewide publications as he pursued other passions. In 2018, Lex completed a master’s degree in Arctic and Northern Studies at UAF, which is where he found his voice for public radio covering the Yukon Quest for KUAC. Lex covers topics of culture, outdoors, and politics as a general assignment reporter for Alaska Public Media.

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