On June 27, 1969, police raided The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. In a spontaneous show of support and frustration, the city's gay community rioted for three nights in the streets, an event that is considered the birth of the modern Gay Rights Movement.
The award winning film Before Stonewall pries open the closet door, setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many 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 amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history.
Entertaining and enlightening! --Los Angeles Times
Funny, sad, courageous and touching! --Seattle Times
Shocking, revealing, humorous and thoroughly compassionate! --San Francisco Examiner
- MPAA rating : NotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Director : Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 27 minutes
- Release date : May 18, 2004
- Actors : Rita Mae Brown, Evelyn Hooker, Ricky Streiker, Henry Otis, Jim Kepner
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : First Run Features
- Number of discs : 1