Film

Before Stonewall

June 2–15, 2019

Directed by Greta Schiller (USA, 1984, 87 min.). Digital.

In 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city’s gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity, the Gay Liberation Movement had begun.

Stonewall pried open the closet door, setting free the dramatic and sometimes horrifying story of the travails endured by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the inception of today’s gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance.

Experience the fascinating and unforgettable, decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history. This film was digitally restored by First Run Features in honor of the 50th anniversary of the riots. Narrated by Rita Mae Brown.

Co-presented with Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.

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In This Series

Film

June 2, 2019
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Directed by Greta Schiller (USA, 1984, 87 min.). Digital.

Film

June 7, 2019
3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Directed by Greta Schiller (USA, 1984, 87 min.). Digital.

Film

June 15, 2019
11:00 am–12:30 pm

Directed by Greta Schiller (USA, 1984, 87 min.). Digital.