At the Circle Cinema: Stonewall Uprising
The non-profit Circle Cinema presents “Stonewall Uprising.”
June 28, 1969: police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement.
Told by Stonewall patrons, reporters and the cop who led the raid, Stonewall Uprising recalls the bad old days when psychoanalysts equated homosexuality with mental illness and advised aversion therapy, and even lobotomies; public service announcements warned youngsters against predatory homosexuals; and police entrapment was rampant. At the height of this oppression, the cops raid Stonewall, triggering nights of pandemonium with tear gas, billy clubs and a small army of tactical police. The rest is history.
“Stonewall Uprising” is 80 minutes in length, and is unrated. It will open at the Circle Cinema on Friday July 9. For more information, visit circlecinema.com, or call 592-, that’s 592-3456.