The Stonewall riots are legendary throughout the LGBT+ world as the event that kicked off the modern LGBT+ liberation movement, but how did they impact Europe? Seasoned director André Schäfer explores this in his must-see documentary ’50 Years after Stonewall’.
Available to stream for free on the ARTE TV website until the July 28, the film unpacks the ripple effect of the Stonewall uprising in Europe, with help from a host of famous faces including Rufus Wainright, Wolfgang Tillmans and many others.
With a variety of musical performances ranging from Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon at Euro Pride, rapper/activist Sookee and iconic Parisian showgirl and singer Zazie de Paris, there’s something for everything in Schäfer’s film.
Capturing the feeling of empowerment that LGBT+ people in Europe felt after that famous night in 1969, Schäfer uses a mix of archival footage and interviews that keep things interesting. The interview with Stonewall veterans Martin Boyce and Dan Garvin is a particularly heartwarming moment that gives viewers a glimpse into the first-person experience of the riots.
Schäfer’s film is also careful to remember Stonewall’s political impact and the surge in activism that followed the uprising in 1969.
Klaus Wowereit, the first gay mayor of Berlin (and the longest-serving) and Claudia Roth, who fought for LGBT+ equality as a member of the European Parliament, speak candidly about the progress of LGBT+ rights in Europe since Stonewall.
’50 Years after Stonewall’ is a powerful film that reminds us as LGBT+ people today of the rights we have earned in the past half-century thanks to the progress made by the Stonewall revolution in America but also the work of activists here in Europe.
If you’re still in need of a post-Pride pick-me-up or just a Queerstory lesson, you can view this stunning documentary online for free here until July 28.
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