Σάββατο, 26 Ιουνίου 2010

STONEWALL UPRISING (2010).


"Stonewall Uprising," the documentary film from Kate Davis and David Heilbroner exploring the three days of unrest that began in the early morning hours of 28 June 1969 after police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, opens Wednesday throughout North America.
The uprising marked a turning point for gay identities and rights in the United States and around the world. From The New York Times:
"Before Stonewall there was no such thing as coming out or being out," says Eric Marcus, the author of "Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian & Gay Equal Rights." "People talk about being in and out now; there was no out, there was just in."
At the time of the riots, homosexuality was illegal in every state except Illinois. Before the laws were changed, one commentator observes, gay bars offered the same kind of social haven for an oppressed minority as black churches in the South before the civil rights movement.
The cultural demonizing of gay men in public service films depicted them as at best, psychologically damaged and at worst, ruthless sexual predators. Lesbians were nearly invisible.

Not long after the riots, LGBT communities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Western Europe increasingly became cohesive politically active units in the movement towards equal rights for all. Gay Pride events held annually around the end of June commemorate the three days that changed our world forever and for the better.

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[STONEWALL UPRISING
Produced and directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; written by Mr. Heilbroner, based on the book “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution” by David Carter; director of photography, Buddy Squires; edited by Ms. Davis; music by Gary Lionelli; released by First Run Features.]

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