Join us for an informal pre-film reception starting at 6:00 pm
On the Downlow presents an intimate portrait of four men negotiating their bisexual desire within the African-American community of Cleveland, Ohio. These men self-describe themselves as "dipping on both sides of the fence". The film showcases their secret lives and aspirations as it reveals the complex intersections of sexuality, race, class and family in contemporary middle America.
Filmed in surreptitious, staccato fashion, by a roving but unobtrusive camera, courtesy of cinematographer Arthur Jafa (Crooklyn, Daughters of the Dust) which penetrates the protagonists' familial spaces. Weaving these visuals together with startlingly frank on-camera narration by each protagonist, Child creates a compelling collective portrait of the physical, psychological and emotional travails of an underground lifestyle finally surfacing above ground.