Stonewall Uprising

2010

Stonewall Uprising

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"It was the Rosa Parks moment," says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement. Told by Stonewall patrons, Village Voice reporters and the cop who led the raid, STONEWALL UPRISING compellingly recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. A treasure-trove of archival footage gives life to this all-too-recent reality, a time when Mike Wallace announced on a 1966 CBS Reports: "The average homosexual, if there be such, is promiscuous. He is not interested in, nor capable of, a lasting relationship like that of a heterosexual marriage." At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history. -- (C) First Run Features

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  • May 02, 2011
    Most of it is familiar territory, but its nice to hear people who were there retell their story about what it was like rather than just a bunch of historians discussing its significance. We know it was the turning point, but to listen to gay men and women describe how and why they were pushed to the breaking point is pretty interesting.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2010
    Straightforward but powerful documentary about the riot at a Greenwich Village gay bar in 1969 that sparked the gay rights movement, and became a rallying cry against the widespread legalized oppression of homosexuals in America. Feels every bit as momentous as it should, and provides a wrenching overview of the roots of the modern gay rights movement.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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