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Political Animals (2016)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 6 June 2017 (USA)
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Political Animals is a powerful, award winning documentary about four California lawmakers -- all women -- who took the fight for equality from the streets into the halls of government to create lasting social justice and equality.

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Jonah Markowitz, Tracy Wares (co-director)
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Jackie Goldberg Jackie Goldberg ... Herself
Christine Kehoe Christine Kehoe ... Herself
Sheila Kuehl Sheila Kuehl ... Herself
Carole Migden Carole Migden ... Herself
Carole Migden Carole Migden ... Herself
Gavin Newsom ... Himself
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Political Animals is a powerful, award winning documentary about four California lawmakers -- all women -- who took the fight for equality from the streets into the halls of government to create lasting social justice and equality.

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English

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6 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Politikai állatok See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Must-see film about lesbian legislators in California
11 October 2016 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Political Animals (2016) is a documentary that was was co-written and co-directed by Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares. It talks about struggles to provide basic human rights that lesbians and gays now have achieved. It's easy to take those rights for granted, but, even in the mid- 1990's, the legal situation for lesbians and gays was bleak.

Sheila Kuehl was the first openly lesbian politician to be elected to the California legislature. She was later joined by Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe, all of whom also appear in the film.

Progress for these four capable, competent women was very slow. Vote after vote in the California legislature were cast against what we would now consider laws that should never have faced any opposition. For example, laws prohibiting schools from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation.

Ultimately, these laws were passed in California, thanks--in large part--to the efforts of these women. And, of course, what was "unthinkable" in 1994--marriage equality--ultimately followed.

What we learn from these women is that public outcry in the form of protests is effective, and so is working from within the system to pass progressive legislation. We also learn that you can't give up after early defeats. Sometimes, as in this case, the victories begin to appear, and then grow more frequent.

This is a brilliant documentary. We saw it at the excellent Little Theatre in Rochester, as part of ImageOut, the outstanding Rochester LGBT Film Festival. This was another movie that had its New York State Premiere in Rochester. In fact, 17 films had their NYS premieres at ImageOut in 2016, and 8 more had the East Coast premieres at the festival. If you want to see new, great LGBT movies, Rochester in October is the place to see them!

This movie will work well on the small screen. Find it and watch it. It's a marvelous and important documentary.


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