*Yoruba Richen’s “The New Black,” a documentary about African-American attitudes toward gay marriage, has received the AFI Docs film festival’s Audience Award for Best Feature.

Filmed over a three-year period, the New York-native’s movie follows both champions and opponents of same-sex marriage, as both sides fight for their cause in Maryland. [Scroll down to watch the trailer.]

Yoruba Richen
Yoruba Richen

Richen examines how African-American voters have become bitterly divided on the issue of gay marriage because of homophobia rampant in one of the pillars of the African-American community – the church. Focusing on the fight for marriage equality in the state of Maryland, it examines the complex intertwined histories of gays and blacks and the idea that this hot-button issue is a matter of civil rights.

The five-day AFI Docs festival took place from June 19-23 in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Md. Formerly known as Silverdocs, the festival screened 53 films from 30 countries and attracted 19,000 attendees, including 845 filmmakers, film subjects, journalists and industry members.

Watch a trailer for “The New Black” below.

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