Series/Themes: Black Excellence, Critical Conversations, Gala Screenings, LGBTQIA+ Focus, Special Guests
Film Year: 2022
Film Length: 95 min
Director: Elegance Bratton
Featuring: Jeremy Pope, Raúl Castillo, McCaul Lombardi, Gabrielle Union
Inspired by writer-director Elegance Bratton’s own true story, The Inspection follows the journey of a young gay Black man as he attempts to build his future without the unconditional support of his mother. Homeless and with very few options, Ellis French decides to enlist in the Marines, with the determination to find success in a system that only seeks to see him fail. He faces immense difficulties, from being confronted with deep-rooted prejudice to arduous basic training. Despite these barriers, he finds support, strength, and unexpected friendships. French undergoes intense trials but, in the end, finds a sense of belonging. The Inspection is a deeply intimate recollection of the lived experience of a man fighting for purpose, fighting for acceptance, and fighting for himself.
Tribute to actor Raúl Castillo by Carlos Aguilar (LA Times, The Wrap, AV Club), followed by a discussion.
Raul Castillo is best known for starring in We The Animals and HBO’s Looking (both the TV series and the film). He also shines in supporting roles in Cha Cha Real Smooth, Hustle, Army of the Dead, and Wrath of Man. Castillo will next be seen in Peter Hedges’ The Same Storm, and Oz Rodriguez’s Miguel Wants to Fight.