Saturday, September 3, 2011

Phil reviews STONEWALL UPRISING-Sept. 1, 2011

Last month at the majestic Castro Theatre, they had a free screening of the new PBS documentary called STONEWALL UPRISING. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this special event. However, today I was at my local library and I saw the film on DVD, so I checked it out. And I am so glad that I finally got to see this moving and informative film.

The documentary chronicles exactly what happened on that fateful night of June 28, 1969. Through on camera interviews by those who were there, filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbrone did an incredible job retelling the Stonewall Story. The horror of being arrested for being different, the police brutality that befell on gays during that time, and the final stand against bigotry and hatred.

There's a lot more that I could write about in this review, but after watching it THREE TIMES IN A ROW, I have been rendered speechless. This is THE most important event in GLBT history. In fact, out of this event rose the Gay Rights Movement that inspired millions of gays and lesbians to come out of the closet, to fight for equality, to stand up and to make their voices heard. However, none of this would have happened if not for the Stonewall Riots.

STONEWALL UPRISING is a powerful, emotionally charged documentary that will inspire you to go out and make a difference in the world. And you should be inspired by these brave individuals that said enough is enough. Change was in the air back in 1968, and after all these years, it is still in the air. Highly recommended!!

STONEWALL UPRISING is now available on DVD. To purchase a copy for yourself, visit the PBS website at

To learn more about the Gay Rights Movement, visit the GLBT Historical Society website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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