Documentary about the Stonewall riots back in 1969 that started the gay
rights movement. People who were involved in the riots are
interviewed--gay men, lesbians and even a police officer. They paint an
incredibly horrific picture of how gay men and lesbians were treated
back then. They also show some truly fascinating clips from TV specials
about homosexuality done back in 1967. It makes it clear that gays are
mentally ill and chose this way of life (of course this is all
ridiculous). Then they get to the riot. There's no footage of it
happening but they show us pictures and all the participants describe
what happened and the aftermath.
This is a good documentary--not great but good. It's well-done and all
but it lacks that certain spark to make it great. Also a lot of this
material was covered in the 1980s documentary "Before Stonewall". I've
read the books about it and saw the (fictional) 1995 movie "Stonewall"
so none of this material was surprising. Maybe that's why it didn't
work completely for me. Still this is an important film for everybody
to see and realize how horribly gays and lesbians were treated before
they fought back. Younger gays especially should see this and realize
how they should be grateful that things are so much better now.
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