In 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The patrons decided to fight back, leading to three nights of rioting by the gay community. Marking the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement, Before Stonewall examines 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 acclaimed documentary—newly restored—celebrates the courage of those who led their lives with dignity despite widespread social discrimination, fear, and prejudice.

“Funny, sad, courageous, and touching!” —Seattle Times

“An absorbing, shocking, revealing, humorous, and thoroughly compassionate documentary.” —San Francisco Examiner

“It’s worth watching over and over again.” —Stage and Screen, London

“Entertaining and enlightening!” —Los Angeles Times

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Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg
Running Time
87 minutes
Digital, Color