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Director: Elegance Bratton Run Time: 95 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2022
Starring: Bokeem Woodbine, Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Pope, McCaul Lombardi, Raúl Castillo
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.
Elegance Bratton is an American filmmaker and photographer. He began his career in the 2010s, writing, directing, and producing a variety of projects including the short film Walk for Me, the reality television series My House, and the documentary film Pier Kids. Long before he went to film school, the writer-director found his calling behind the camera as a member of the U.S. military – this story is the basis for The Inspection.
“The Inspection is the best case example for what happens when we let untold stories be told by the marginalized groups who lived them. It thrums with an honesty in the nuances that could only come from someone who’s seen through these eyes.” ~ Jason Adams, Pajiba
“Unforgettable is Gabrielle Union’s dressed-down performance… the turns she takes while expressing “support” are absolutely devastating.” ~ Rick Juzwiak, The Muse/Jezebel
Drama, Biopic, Indie, LGBTQ+