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!
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 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." -
"Funny, sad, courageous and touching!" - Seattle
"You owe it to yourself to see it." - WOR-TV
"Required viewing." - The Apollo Guide
"Entertaining and enlightening!" - Los Angeles
Before Stonewall: the Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community by Andrea Weiss and Greta Schiller
Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights by Eric Marcus
Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present by Neil Miller
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
The Future of Gay Rights in America by H.N. Hirsch
- Numerous interviews and bonus scenes with Barney Frank, Allen Ginsberg and many others
Running Time: 175 minutes on 2 discs
Color: Color and B/W