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Before & After Stonewall

Directors - John Scagliotti, Greta Schiller & Robert Rosenberg (Before Stonewall); John Scagliotti, Janet Baus & Dan Hunt (After Stonewall)
Run Time - 175 minutes
Language - English
Format - DVD, streaming
Year - 1984/1999
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests - American Studies, Civil Rights, History (U.S.), HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, LGBTQ Studies, Political Science, Sex & Sexuality

Institutional DVD Price: $345

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. Narrated by Rita Mae Brown.

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. Narrated by Melissa Etheridge.

"What started tumbling out of the closets at the time of Stonewall has profoundly altered the way we all live." - The Nation

"Films like Word Is Out and The Times of Harvey Milk have done valuable lesbian and gay archaeology, but none so well as this documentary. Mixing up-to-the-minute footage with older material mined from Hollywood newsreels and home movies, [Before Stonewall] achieves a near-perfect balance between historical and political perspectives, and sometimes unconsciously hilarious archive footage. Its politics are sensible, the life stories touching, warm and funny." - Time Out New York