The Times of Harvey Milk

United States, 1984

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An exceptionally moving documentary about Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. A courageous activist, Milk worked hard to express the political concerns of not only gays and lesbians, but also of African-Americans, Hispanics and other so- called American minorities. After 11 months in office, Milk and the Mayor of San Francisco were assassinated by Dan White, a conservative member of the Board of Supervisors. The subsequent trial, in which White received a lenient sentence, resulted in massive rioting in San Francisco by gay and lesbian activists. Amidst the tragedy the film builds a convincing and impassioned picture of a man committed to human rights and human dignity. (Awards: Academy Award winner for best documentary, 1985)

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