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Directed by Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg
87 min | 1984 | USA | Not Rated
In 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city’s gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the Gay Liberation Movement had begun.
Before Stonewall tells the dramatic story of the public and private lives lived by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely-acclaimed film relives the origins of today’s gay rights movement, from the events that led to the 1969 riots to many other milestones in the fight for acceptance.
Experience the decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through this closeted history.
Winner: Outstanding Informational Cultural or Historical Programming–1987 News & Documentary Emmy Awards
Presented as part of our Damn These Heels Film Festival year-round free programming.