Documentary - LGBT and gay theme

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1.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1990 Documentary)
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A collection of profiles of people dead from AIDS who are remembered in the AIDS Memorial Quilt. (79 mins.)
 
2.
The Times of Harvey Milk (1984 Documentary)
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A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor. (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Epstein
 
3.
Paragraph 175 (2000 Documentary)
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Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175. (81 mins.)
 
4.
The Celluloid Closet (1995 Documentary)
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A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film. (102 mins.)
 
5.
We Were Here (2011 Documentary)
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A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis. (90 mins.)
 
6.
Trembling Before G-d (2001 Documentary)
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A cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation. (94 mins.)
 
7.
Out in the Silence (2009 Documentary)
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The announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small hometown and a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school. (56 mins.)
 
8.
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007 Documentary)
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An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. (95 mins.)
Director: Daniel Karslake
 
9.
Tying the Knot (2004 Documentary)
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A look at the debate over same sex marriage in the USA. The reasons behind it are illustrated with real... (81 mins.)
Director: Jim de Sève
 
10.
One Nation Under God (1993 Documentary)
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Focusing on the contemporary religious Right Wing proliferation of curative therapies for homosexuality... (83 mins.)
 
11.
Before Stonewall (1984 Documentary)
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The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement. (87 mins.)
 
12.
After Stonewall (1999 Documentary)
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Documentary/Historical retrospective of the Gay Rights movement from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the present. (87 mins.)
Director: John Scagliotti
 
13.
Family Fundamentals (2002 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Dong
 
14.
Silverlake Life: The View from Here (1993 Documentary)
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A documentary about two gay men as they live through their last months of life with AIDS. (99 mins.)
 
15.
Paris Is Burning (1990 Documentary)
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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. (71 mins.)
 
16.
TransGeneration (2005 Mini-Series)
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A look at the lives of four college students undergoing gender transition. (272 mins.)
 
17.
Red Without Blue (2007 Documentary)
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The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past. (74 mins.)
 
18.
Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999 Documentary)
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Monika Treut explores the worlds and thoughts of several trans-gendered individuals. As with Treuts first film... (87 mins.)
Director: Monika Treut
 
19.
Out of the Past (1998 Documentary)
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In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story... (97 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Dupre
 
20.
8: The Mormon Proposition (2010 Documentary)
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A scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion & passage of California's Proposition 8 and the Mormon religion's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights. (80 mins.)
 
21.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006 Documentary)
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Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board. (98 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
 
22.
Daddy and the Muscle Academy (1991 Documentary)
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Tom of Finland is one of the gay world's few authentic icons. His drawings have had an enormous influence on gay identity... (58 mins.)
Director: Ilppo Pohjola
 
23.
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema (2006 Documentary)
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A chronological look at films by, for, or about (or 'by, for, and about') homosexuals in the United States...
 
24.
This Filthy World (2006 Documentary)
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Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters. (86 mins.)
Director: Jeff Garlin
 
25.
China Dolls (1998 Documentary)
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Aussie boys of Asian descent candidly discuss their status as a "minority within a minority". (30 mins.)
Director: Tony Ayres
 
26.
101 Rent Boys (2000 Documentary)
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101 Rent Boys is shot on location in various motel rooms situated on the length of the Santa Monica Boulevard... (78 mins.)
 
27.
How Gay Sex Changed the World (2007 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
Director: Mark Turnbull
 
28.
A Jihad for Love (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds. (81 mins.)
Director: Parvez Sharma
 
29.
The Perfect Penis (2006 Documentary)
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A look at how the quest for the ideal penis has driven some men to have surgery. (48 mins.)
 
30.
Heroes and Gay Nazis (2005 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
 
31.
Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (2009 Documentary)
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Before the 30th anniversary, Vancouver's Gay Pride Parade director examines relevance of Pride celebrations internationally... (87 mins.)
Director: Bob Christie
Stars: Ken Coolen
 
32.
Witches, Faggots, Dykes and Poofters (1980 Documentary)
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In 1978 the police attacked demonstrators at the Sydney (Australia) Mardi Gras celebrations. This film details the communities response. (45 mins.)
Director: Digby Duncan
 
33.
Feed Them to the Cannibals! (1993 Documentary)
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Documentary about the history of Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, a great event happening once a year in Sydney, Australia, a celebration of gay sexuality. (63 mins.)
 
34.
Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (2003 Documentary)
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Documentary presenting the realities of coming out in lesser developed countries. (62 mins.)
Director: John Scagliotti
 
35.
The Education of Shelby Knox (2005 Documentary)
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A 15-year-old girl's transformation from conservative Southern Baptist to liberal Christian and ardent feminist parallels her fight for sex education and gay rights in Lubbock, Texas. (76 mins.)
 
37.
Bear Nation (2010 Documentary)
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Malcolm Ingram introduces us to gay men who dig big dudes who are stockier and hairier than the airbrushed... (82 mins.)
Director: Malcolm Ingram
 
38.
Ptown Diaries (2009 Documentary)
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Chronicling the amazing history of Provincetown a small Ma. town where the pilgrims first landed to the present day Gay Mecca... (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Mantegna
 
39.
Gone (2011 Documentary)
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A veteran New York police officer embarks on a harrowing search to find her son, when he disappears under suspicious circumstances in Austria. (85 mins.)
 
40.
Free Havana (2012 Documentary)
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Gay Rights is an issue heard around the world, including Cuba. Free Havana paints a vivid picture of... (58 mins.)
 
41.
The Advocate for Fagdom (2011 Documentary)
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The Advocate for Fagdom unites the puzzle pieces one by one. Testimonies are combined with rare archive images... (91 mins.)
 
42.
Hollywood to Dollywood (2011 Documentary)
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Twin young men from North Carolina riding on the fumes of a dream to meet their idol, Dolly Parton the 'Backwoods Barbie', find more than what they bargained for in an RV named Jolene. (81 mins.)
Director: John Lavin
 
43.
Out in the Open (2013 Documentary)
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Out In The Open will, for once and for all, destroy the misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community... (89 mins.)
Director: Matt Smith
 
44.
Love Free or Die (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary on Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop who set a precedent in New Hampshire state politics, and the battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in the faith. (82 mins.)
Director: Macky Alston
 
45.
Vito (2011 Documentary)
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The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
46.
The Case Against 8 (2014 Documentary)
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A behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. (109 mins.)