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The Inspection (2022)

Opens on December 2

Director: Elegance Bratton Run Time: 100 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2022

Starring: Bokeem Woodbine, Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Pope, McCaul Lombardi, Raúl Castillo

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film: 

World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

In Elegance Bratton’s deeply moving film inspired by his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life.

About the filmmaker:

Elegance Bratton is an American filmmaker and photographer. He was thrown out of his mother’s home at the age of 16 in New Jersey for being gay. After ten years spent homeless, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he became a combat documentarian. His feature directorial debut The Inspection, inspired by his experiences in the Marines, premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. He directed the short films Walk for Me (2016) and Buck (2020), and the feature documentary Pier Kids (2019). He is the executive producer and creator of My House, a ten-part documentary series that follows the best voguers in the world as they prepare for competition. He earned a degree in African American Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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