In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story of her ensuing battle with school authorities in interspersed with looks back at the ... See full summary »
In 1995, Kelli Peterson started a gay and straight club at her Salt Lake City high school. The story of her ensuing battle with school authorities in interspersed with looks back at the diary of Michael Wigglesworth, a 17th-century Puritan cleric, at the 30-year love affair of Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Adams Fields, at Henry Gerber's attempt after World War I to establish a gay-rights organization, at Bayard Rustin's role in the civil rights movement, and at Barbara Gittings' taking on of the American Psychiatric Association's position that homosexuality is illness. One person comments, "To create a place for ourselves in the present, we have to find ourselves in the past." Written by
Within the short span of an hour and five minutes, this documentary focuses on a revisionary consideration of American history. The quest for human rights is a natural instinct within us all, as this film demonstrates.
What a liberating thought that, after centuries of ignorance, fear, superstition and intolerance, some of the last vestiges of discrimination are neutralizing.
The phenomenon is the result of "accelerating acceleration"--a momentum that speeds itself up as it accumulates more energy. In this case, the force comes from the people, as more and more hands join to unite in harmony.
"Out of the Past" is a touching mini-documentary on a significant topic which involves us all. Well conceived and executed, it makes its statement in an intelligent and moving manner. ###
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