Pink triangles

United States, 1982

Film
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Examines discrimination against lesbians and gay men, challenging some of society’s attitudes towards homosexuality in the process. Also looks at historical patterns of racial, religious, political and sexual persecution. Historical photographs, prints, engravings and archival film, including footage from Nazi Germany and the 1954 McCarthy trials, have been incorporated in this powerful documentary. During the middle ages pink triangles represented ‘victim’ resurfacing in Nazi Germany concentration camps to identify homosexuals before being reclaimed by gay activists towards the end of the 20th century as a positive symbol to represent their struggle.

Credits

production company

Cambridge Documentary

Language

English

Duration

00:31:10:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

33357

Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Concentration camps

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Persecution

Crafts & Visual Arts → Signs and symbols

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Persecution

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Discrimination

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Gay liberation movement

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → National socialism

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Persecution

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Prejudices

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Gay and lesbian studies

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Gay liberation movement

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Prejudices

History → Concentration camps

History → History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Signs and symbols

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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