State of Pride
Oscar winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, the filmmaking team behind such seminal queer docs as The Celluloid Closet, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, and The Times of Harvey Milk, turn their insightful, empathetic lens toward the history and evolution of Pride gatherings across the US. Fifty years after Stonewall, the focus and events of Pride have transformed in certain major and controversial ways, but the soul remains the same. Combining archival footage with the modern-day experience, this engaging documentary—which features appearances by local icon Heklina and pop sensation Troye Sivan—centers around activist and esteemed social media influencer Raymond Braun as he travels to Pride events in Alabama, Utah, and San Francisco. He meets dozens of people and asks the question: “What does Pride mean to you?”
The fascinating, poignant answers illuminate what matters to the LGBTQ+ community today. Part celebration and part protest, Pride amplifies unheard voices and provides a place for people to connect, come out, and share the love. In a fragmented world where the internet often serves as our isolated, flimsy meeting ground and while the LGBTQ+ community continues to face institutional and social challenges every day, it’s clear that gatherings like Pride are more meaningful than ever.
— BRENDAN PETERSON
DIRECTOR Ro Haber | 2019 | USA | 21m
Testimonials from numerous LGBTQ+ individuals paint the colorful story of queer life in the late 1960s in New York City. This lays the foundation for the Stonewall riots of 1969, the formation of Pride, and how queer history shapes the movement for LGBTQ+ youth today.
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