The Fire This Time is a new film based on real life events involving a group of black lesbian women who were named the "New Jersey Seven" by the media after they were charged with the assault of then 29 year old Dwayne Buckley in New York during the summer of 2006.
Three of the original seven women served six-month jail sentences for attempted assault. But four others stood trial on first-degree gang-assault charges that carried sentences from three to 25 years in prison.
The Fire This Time tells the story of the seven women’s trial and prison sentences, and the years-long fight by relatives and activists to get the women released. Along the way, the film reveals in devastating detail how the media, homophobia, and racism all work together in American culture to stigmatize and victimize gay people of color.
Watch the trailer below: