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Monday, June 21, 2010

Before & After Stonewall: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

Before & After Stonewall: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Review



Synopsis: On June 28, 1969, the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, a mafia-run gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the gay pride movement had begun.
These two seminal documentaries tell the remarkable tale of how homosexuals, a heretofore hidden and despised group, became a vibrant and integral part of America's family, and, indeed, the world community.

Featuring Dorothy Allison, Michael Bronski, Rita Mae Brown, Barney Frank, Barbara Gittings, Arnie Kantrowitz, Larry Kramer, Craig Lucas, Armistead Maupin, Leslea Newman, Barbara Smith, and many more!

BEFORE STONEWALL

Experience the fascinating and unforgettable history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and interviews with those who lived through it. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film re-lives events from the 1920s up until the fevered 1969 riots. "Required viewing." -- The Apollo Guide

AFTER STONEWALL

After Stonewall chronicles lesbian and gay life from the 1969 Stonewall riots to the new century, capturing the hard work, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced. It also explores the impact that AIDS had on the movement, and the new direction it took as a result. "Entertaining and enlightening!" - Los Angeles Times

Review: This DVD release chronicles the legendary riots that mark a turning in the tide of the gay rights movement of the 1960s.  There are two features included in this release, both Before Stonewall and After Stonewall.  These are two in-depth documentaries on the birth and present day status of the gay / lesbian liberation movement in America.

I really feel like these films should be a required part of school curriculum.   They are so enlightening and refreshing.  They would do a great deal towards building a foundation of tolerance and acceptance that is still needed in our country today.  If you homeschool or have any flexibility in your classroom I would suggest this DVD release.  If you're a parent it would be a wonderful idea to watch these with your children.  I know I will.

Bonus Features: Numerous interviews and bonus scenes with Barney Frank, Allen Ginsburg and many others

Interest Range: GLBT community, Social Issues, American Culture