Dreams Deferred, a Filmmaker Explores 2003 Hate-Crime

Filmmaker Charles B. Brack has produced a documentary to remember and examine the hate-crime killing of Sakia Gunn, a lesbian high school student: Film Examines a Newark Hate Crime. The crime took place in Newark in 2003 on the corner of Market and Broad streets.
The film, “<a href=“http://www.sakiagunnfilmproject.com/&#8221; Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project,” highlights the lack of media coverage of Gunn’s tragic slaying, which was largely ignored by the national media, despite its exposure of a deep and ugly bias against the LGBT community.

A documentary recounts the 2003 killing of Sakia Gunn, 15, a lesbian high school student in Newark.

In 2003, Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old lesbian high school student, was fatally stabbed in downtown Newark by a man who had approached her in the street and made sexual advances to her and her friends, which they declined.

The case, which was prosecuted as a hate crime, drew widespread attention in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, though considerably less news coverage than that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old gay college student who was abducted, beaten, tied to a pole and left to freeze to death in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

4 thoughts on “Dreams Deferred, a Filmmaker Explores 2003 Hate-Crime”

  1. Wow! Sakia was my friend….I grew up with her…There was very little coverage at all about this so it’s nice to see someone is paying attention again. Maybe the national media/community didn’t care, but there were certainly hundreds of friends, family and Newark community at her funeral. We miss her and we love her! RIP Sakia!


  2. I actually heard about her story on the news but I don’t think it got that much coverage as the Matthew Shepard case, especially since there’s a movie about his murder on lifetime.


  3. This is very sad. I’m even more upset that I haven’t heard about this. Its a wise thing for Brack to produced a documentary. Injustice acts should have more coverage. I hope the media will start spending most of their time covering tragic stories likes this. May they both rest in peace.


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