The Word Is Out

The Word Is Out

Stories of Some of Our Lives : Conversations With 26 Gay Men and Women

DVD - 2009
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Interviews with 26 [i.e. 28] diverse people, ranging in age from 18 to 77, who speak out about their experience as gay men and women.

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Nursebob
Mar 03, 2019

Shot in the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS heyday of Gay Liberation using nothing more than a static handheld camera, this series of simple interviews offers a fascinating glimpse into the hopes, dreams, and nightmares of those gay men and women who came before us. Drawing upon dozens of diverse and brave (for the time) volunteer subjects, the Mariposa Film Group records their thoughts and insights on everything from love and relationships to activism, sexuality, and the politics of race and gender. Directors Nancy Adair et al elicit stories which will have you laughing one moment, wiping a tear away the next, and for those of us old enough to remember what it used to be like perhaps stirring up ancient memories of our own coming-out. Even though some may be put off by the film's primitive production values and endless talking heads, this remains an invaluable time capsule giving very human voices to our history at a time when so many of us were just beginning to emerge into the light.

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