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After Stonewall depicts the struggle evolving from those empowering nights in New York City, and how it blossomed into a national movement. Long a mecca for the Bohemians of society, New york City is a natural birthplace for such a movement. Now, we see how that movement grew, through the times of trial of the AIDS epidemic, to the growth of the Religious Right and their ultimate intolerance.
This video does try to capture too much in too short of time, but the effect is quick and yet inspirational. It was amazing to listen to those people who were at ground zero of the AIDS epidemic, and the response of the community to it. The section of the AIDS quilt will immediately bring tears; it's poignant and heartbreaking. This documentary stops short of the millenium, but it manages to cover a wide-range of issues.
It's critical as a community that we embrace where we've come from. It seems as we traverse times of trial and tribulation, it's important to understand our roots. It's those roots, based in the stories that are in this movie, that ground us and help instill a sense a pride in where we've come from, and where we'll be going. With that pride comes strength, strength of will, strength of character. The people who so bravely walked before us, are our sources of self-empowerment.
Watch this move, learn, and live.
However, the broad historical narrative it presents is sometimes misleading. This is because the film reorders events, suggesting false cause-and-effect linkages. For instance, it suggests that the anti-gay crusades of Anita Bryant and Sen. Briggs (in 1977 and 1978) led to the founding of the National Gay Task Force (which actually occurred years earlier) and to a spate of anti-gay arson fires (also years earlier). It suggests that the anti-gay backlash surrounding the death of Rock Hudson happened after the Supreme Court's Bower v. Hardwick decision (1986) and after the wave of gay political activism in response to the Bower verdict (mostly in 1987), whereas Hudson had died the year before the Court ruling. It does this sort of thing again and again.
Presumably the goal was to create a more linear narrative, but it's bad history. I enjoy this documentary very much but please don't use it as your only source of information on the history of the gay community from the 1970s to 1990s.
AFTER STONEWALL leaps away from the WWII generation of gays and lesbians who were covered in BEFORE STONEWALL. This documentary charges onward with gay American history beginning in the 1970s. While not as intimately quirky as BEFORE STONEWALL, it addresses its target crowd: twenty-something gay people with political axes to grind.
As to that, I'd like to add that this documentary is really missing solid political input. Its preceding documentary counterpart at least had some government officials talking about their anti-gay policies. This film, however, seems to avoid the subject altogether. We have to realize that today, with Don't Ask Don't Tell being held to the fire, we still have political axes to grind.
This is an excellent overall documentary, though a bit of a limp shadow of its predecessor. And I cannot think of a worse narrator than Melissa Etheridge!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a must see documentary for anyone interested in the progression of civil rights. Start with The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria - then Before Stonewall - The Stonewall Uprising - then... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donald Alford
Well, STONEWALL was the first gay club, to fight off the harassment from the Police. Of course here in Smallville, Lima, Ohio, Police raided a gay club (The OFFICE?), here too. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by William Dakota
It is sometimes necessary to explain what Stonewall was. In 1960s New York, it was illegal to be homosexual, and gays and lesbian bars were generally mob controlled venues that... Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by Gary F. Taylor
This is an historically accurate, moving presentation of the struggles, some of which gay people still experience, that gay people triumphed over during what we now know as... Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Mahlon P. Krautwurst
I HAVE NOT WATCHED THE FILM YET, BUT IT ARRIVED QUICKLY AND APPEARS TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. THANKS, CARLAPublished on July 7, 2009 by Carla Pomeroy
Along with Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community and Paris Is Burning, AFTER STONEWALL is another documentary that is indispensable in learning about LGBT... Read morePublished on June 20, 2008 by Alex H