Before Stonewall

United States, 1983

Film
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In 1969 the police began a routine bust on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, a gay bar which was like the majority of others they raided regularly and harshly. This time however things did not go the way the police had planned - the gay community fought back. However, before Stonewall and as far back as the ‘20s, lesbians and gays had formed groups, printed newspapers, opened restaurants, discussed their problems. The film traces a half-century of a parallel culture with film clips, photographs and articles as well as witnesses. It analyses how gays and lesbians went about coming out of the closet; breaking the isolation of guilt and forming a community with its own problems and specific claims.

Credits

co-director

Robert Rosenberg

Greta Schiller

Duration

01:29:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1983

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

324260

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Police films

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Coming out (Sexual orientation)

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

History → History

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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