Stonewall Uprising is the new documentary about the police raid of Stonewall in 1969. This is the summary of this movie found on the web site The Internet Movie Database. The movie which uses video and audio clips from the time and interviews with people today that were apart of what became a revolution in a sub culture that had been abused, mostly without protest, for years before June 28, 1969.
The movie takes the events that lead up to the raid by police of the bar in Greenwich Village. Greenwich Village, as stated on Wikipedia, is a largely residential neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City. The Stonewall Inn was the site of the now infamous raid.
It is important to remember the time period in which the events of this though provoking movie take place. According to Wikipedia the 1950s and 1960s were difficulty for gays and lesbians living in the Untied States.
One reviewer for Moving Pictures Magazines uses a quote from the movie that gives a great summary for the times in which the raid and consequent protests took place. The quote is of Howard Smith, former Village Voice reporter. He said that it was a time when all the rules were off – but not for homosexuals. The reference to the movie goes on to say quote Ed Koch, who was councilman Koch at the time. Koch compared the situation with the homosexuals to that of blacks saying that at least the blacks had the backing of the law.
The police raid upon the Stonewall Inn was not unusual for the time. Raids by police of establishments known to be frequented by homosexuals occurred on a regular basis. It was not until the Stonewall inn that there was protest and resistance. The raid of the mafia owned bar was supposed to be routine. The police did not think that gay people would ever be a threat.
The patrons of the Stonewall Inn fought back. It was a moment that would leave a lasting mark upon the gay rights movement, which some reference the Stonewall Riots as the catalyst for change. After the riots that took place that year the gay community united to form not only organizations but marches.
Maybe it is difficult to see the connection between the marches of today, held around the world, and the protests of long ago that set in motion what has become known as the gay rights movement but the fact that these marches are a result of that those events in 1969 is hard to dispute.
This documentary is not just another movie about the riots. It is a fresh look at the night that changed and defined an entire group of people. It is a movie that anyone who wants to understand the roots of a movement that remains strong after so many years should watch.
Directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner was written by David Heilbroner. The movie is 80 minutes long. Stonewall Uprising is a movie that would you cold place in the same category any film by Ken Burns.
Wikipedia: Greenwich Village
IMDB: Stonewall Rising Profile
Kate Davis Profile
David Helibroner Profile
“Stonewall Uprising (Documentary)”
“Stonewall Uprising (Documentary)” Review, Moving Pictures: The Stories Behind the Movies, RaeAnne Marsh