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Premier of "Valentine Road" tonight at the Capri Theatre; Co-hosts HBO and SPLC

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

HBO and Southern Poverty Law Center are co-hosting the premiere of the documentary film, "Valentine Road" tonight.

Officials say the premier will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception at the Cloverdale Playhouse 960 Cloverdale Road. The screening of the film as well as a panel discussion will follow the reception at the Capri Theatre.

This event was previously invitation only but has since been open to the public.

The film explores the murder of a teenager who had begun exploring his gender identity, revealing the circumstances that led to the shocking crime, as well as its complicated aftermath.

This film is directed and produced by first-time filmmaker Marta Cunningham and shepherded by award-winning producers Sasha Alpert (HBO's "Autism: The Musical") and Eddie Schmidt (HBO's "Twist of Faith").

This film raises issues about the safety of LGBT teens, juvenile justice and the ability of the country's educational and social service systems to prevent such tragedies.

It debuts on Monday October 7th 8:00 p.m. central time exclusively on HBO, during National Bullying Prevention Month.

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