This documentary tells the story of the origin of the gay rights movement: during a routine 1969 police raid on a Mafia-owned gay bar in Greenwich Village, gays fought back in several days of street battles. A lengthy intro reminds us that when psychiatrists, instructional films, and network TV all identified homosexuals as mentally ill, being outed could mean losing one's job. Directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner use dubious reenactments, and the testimony of participants and of the cop who led the raid ("It was terrifying," he recalls of being outnumbered). Some say that the revolt was initiated by black and Latino drag queens, a fact not presented here, but there are affecting moments: "We became a people," one man recalls. "All of a sudden I had brothers and sisters." 82 min.
Director: Kate Davis and David Heilbroner
Producer: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner and Mark Samels