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Punch Me

With a romance on the rocks and a father on his sick bed, a young man must accept his true identity before he loses the two people he loves most. Sometimes a push is all you need.

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Director Statement

Our nation's youth are vanishing at an alarming rate. In fact, just one death is too much. The rash of teen suicides due to homophobic bullying should be a wake-up call to society. We must learn to be more compassionate, caring, understanding and supportive as it regards people's differences.

It is one thing to hold firm your religious convictions. It is another thing entirely to make others feel that they are worthless or less than because of their sexual orientation.

This is my reason for creating "Punch Me".

I have family, friends and colleagues who are gay, and I have seen their struggles. Some are ashamed or afraid to embrace their identity. Some are ostracized from their loved ones. Some are looked down on by society. Some have nowhere to turn and no one to talk to.

My film sheds light on the need for unconditional love. The message is universal.

Regardless of the situation, we are supposed to treat others with respect and dignity. After all, do we not desire the same? Yet, as humans often do, we cause pain and suffering. This has to end.

My hope is that "Punch Me" will touch those who are suffering, and those who are causing harm. If just one person is inspired, encouraged and empowered, then the work of my talented cast and crew will truly be validated.
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Copyright © 2010 Robert X. Golphin

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Previous screenings

6 Feb – 31 Mar | Jersey City, United States
Marlon Riggs Film Festival | 2011
18 Feb – 20 Mar | Dallas, United States
NC Black Film Festival | 2011
25 Mar – 27 Mar | Los Angeles, United States
29 Apr – 1 May | Santa Monica, United States

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