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GLBT Families and Marriage
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GLBT People Outside the US
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Transexuality, Intersexuality, and Gender Mutability
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Documentaries and Related Works

Absolutely Positive.
Men and women who are HIV positive talk about how afraid they are of getting AIDS, how they handle the disease, and how it affects their lives. Directed by Peter Adair. 1991. 87 min. DVD 5436; vhs Video/C 2323

Awards
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After Stonewall: From the Riots to the Millennium
In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. This documentary chronicles the history of lesbian and gay life and the Gay Liberation Movement from the riots at Stonewall to the end of the century. Captures the hard work, struggles, tragic defeats and exciting victories experienced since then. It explores how AIDS changed the direction of the movement. Special features: Interview with director John Scagliotti; Dorothy Allison & Jewelle Gomez on Vito Russo; Armistead Maupin on PBS and the Christian Right; Barney Frank on Post-Stonewallian stories of travel; Jewelle Gomez on poetry as a galvanizing force; Dorothy Allison on making an alternative family; trailer gallery. Produced and written by John Scagliotti. 1999. 88 min. DVD X5662

The Aggressives
Features intimate interviews with 6 transgendered lesbians (5 African American, 1 Asian) living in New York City who define themselves as "aggressives." They exhibit masculine appearances and behaviors, but do not aspire to be men. Shows their daily lives and their participation in the underground lesbian "ball" scene, where cross-dressers compete for trophies. Directed and produced by Daniel Peddle. 2005. 73 min. DVD X6805

AIDS Quarterly.
58 min. each. Spring 1989: Stopping AIDS stopping drugs -- The art of medicine. Video/C 2337 Fall 1989: AIDS and the second sex -- What is a family -- A question of civil rights. Video/C 2338 Winter 1989: The education of Admiral Watkins -- AIDS update -- A death in the family. Video/C 2336 Winter 1990: The Trial of Compound Q -- Money and morals. Video/C 2239

A.I.D.S.C.R.E.A.M.
AIDS has become a convenient excuse to desexualize gay men and thereby destroy gay liberation. This experimentally processed film expresses Queer anger and rage at the no-win constructs of straight culture's refusal to accept the political impact of the disease on gay identity.c1990. Video/C 2964

Akermania, Volume One.
Early films by director Chantal Akerman exploring real time, self-definition and sexual identities. 1992. 89 min. Video/C 999:980

All God's Children.
A look at the Black Church's embracement of African American lesbians and gay men as dedicated members of its spiritual family with commentary by prominent political and religious leaders in the Black community. c1996.26 min. Video/C 6200

Anatomy of Desire.
Looks at the history of scientific research on the question of sexual orientation and how this research has affected lesbian and gay rights. Utilizes interviews with historians, psychiatrists and writers blended with rare archival footage to illuminate the growing debate on the origins of sexual preference. 1995. 48 min. Video/C 5078

And the March Continues! (Y sigue la marcha andando!)
A film by Guadalupe Olvera San Miguel. Combines documentary and narrative forms to present a history of the lesbian movement in Mexico from its orgins to the present. Interviews with Mexican lesbians and movement leaders present impressions of daily life in their country. Dist.: Frameline. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 7275

Anyone and Everyone
Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences. Individuals from such diverse origins as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee; as well as religions such as Mormon, Catholic, Hindus and others share intimate accounts of how their children revealed that they're homosexual and discuss their responses. The parents also talk about struggling with the pain their sons and daughters have dealt with, such as not being accepted by relatives and/or friends and being ostracized by religious congregations. Directed by Susan Polis Schutz. c2007. 57 min. DVD X4056

Army of Lovers or the Revolt of the Perverts (Armee der Liebenden Oder Aufstand der Perversen)
In 1978, German gay rights activist filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim documented segments of the American gay liberation movement at the celebration of a San Francisco gay rights march. Among the individuals interviewed are a gay Nazi, porn-film stars, author John Rechy who defends gay male promiscuity, and members of the Gay Activists Alliance, the National Gay Task Force, the Mattachine Society, and the founders of the Daughters of Bilitis. 96 min. Video/C 9518

Ballot Measure 9.
Documentary investigation of events surrounding the 1992 campaign for Oregon's anti-gay ballot initiative. Videocassette release of a film originally produced bythe Oregon Tape Project in 1994. A film by Heather MacDonald. 72 min. Video/C 4325

Interview with Heather MacDonald in Lavender Limelight.

Beefcake
A chronicle of the rise and fall of queer cult photographer Robert Henry Mizer, creator of the popular 1950's magazine Physique Pictorial. A blend of fact and fiction, Beefcake focuses on the 1950's world of male-physique magazines and Mizer's Athletic Model Guild. Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald. 1999. 93 min. DVD 1867

Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community.
A social history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969, showing how this group has moved from a secret shame to the status of a publicly viable minority group. Tells how a group consciousness coalesced after the 1969 police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, and the three-day riot that followed gained them national publicity and the birth of the gay movement. Director, Greta Schiller. 1985. 87 min. DVD 2766; also VHS Video/C 1461 [See Also: Stonewall Archives]

Nichols, Peter M. "Tracing 30 Years Of Gay Life," New York Times, Jun 4, 1999; Late Edition (East Coast); pg. E.1:25

Being Gay: Coming Out in the 21st Century
This program presents the accounts and stories of people who have recently taken the step of coming out. Interviewees and experts discuss the benefits of this transition by examining the six stages of coming to terms with one's sexual identity. Written, produced & edited by Charlotte Angel and Kyle Boyd. 2003. 25 min. DVD X2412

[Benning, Sadie] The Videos of Sadie Benning.
Eighteen-years-old Sadie Benning recorded thoughts and images of her nascent lesbianism with the help of a Fisher Price Pixelvision camera. 1989-1992. Contents: [v.1] A new year.-- Living inside. -- Me and Rubyfruit. -- If every girl had a diary. -- Jollies. [v.2] A place called Lovely. -- It wasn't love. -- Girl power. 86 min. DVD X2105; vhs Video/C 2749:1-2

[Benning, Sadie] The Videos of Sadie Benning. Vol. 2
Contains three videos by Sadie Benning who uses an inexpensive camera and toys, drawings, and scrawled diary entries to record the thoughts, feelings and images that reveal her emerging lesbian sexuality. Contents: A place called lovely -- It wasn't love -- Girl power. DVD 8057

Bill T. Jones: Still Here.
A look at dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones's highly acclaimed dance,"Still/Here". At workshops around the country, people facing life-threatening illnesses are asked to remember the highs and lows of their lives, and even imagine their own deaths. They then transform these feelings into expressive movement, which Jones incorporates into the dance "Still/Here". Jones demonstrates for Moyers the movements of his life story--his first encounter with white people, confusion over his sexuality, his partner Arnie Zane's untimely death from AIDS, and Jones's own HIV status. 1997. 56 min. DVD X84; Video/C 5255

Boys Beware!
An "educational" film against exposure of young boys to homosexuals. Produced by Sid Davis. 1961. 10 min. DVD 4845; also on DVD 8569

Boys Shorts: Six Short Films
Contents: Resonance -- R.S.V.P -- Anthem -- Relax -- Billy Turner's secret -- Dead boys club. Showcases six short films with gay themes produced in the 1990s. Resonance: an exploration of gay-bashing in the back streets of Sydney. RSVP: A powerful portrait of loss punctuated by the haunting voice of Jessye Norman. Anthem: A collage of erotic images that celebrates the lives of African American men. Relax: An elegant film about one man's fears regarding HIV testing. Billy Turner's Secret: An upbeat comedy about a young Black man coming out to his roommate. The Dead boys' club: A steamy tribute to the '70's world of promiscuity and disco balls from the perspective of gay life in the '90's. 1993?. 119 min. Video/C 6226

Evans, Greg. "Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema." (movie reviews) Variety v352, n1 (August 16, 1993):40 (1 page).
Holden, Stephen. "Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema." (movie reviews) New York Times v142 (Wed, July 21, 1993):C17(L), col 1, 12 col in.

Bright Eyes.
This production explores attitudes toward homosexuality in three parts: one, the early scientific view of homosexuality as a disease; two, the pre-World War II view (especially in Germany) of homosexuality as a crime; and three, current attitudes, complicated by the spread of AIDS. 1985?. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 85 min. Video/C 3286

Gever, Martha. "Pictures of Sickness: Stuart Marshall's Bright Eyes." In: Queer Looks: Perspectives on lesbian and Gay Film and Video / editors Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar, John Greyson. pp: 186-203. New York: Routledge, 1993.(Main Stack PN1995.9.H55.Q4 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.H55.Q4 1993)

Came Out, It Rained, Went Back in Again.
This delightful short drama explores the perils of coming out as it follows a day in the life of one young girl who would be a lesbian. Director, Betsan Morris Evans. 10 min. Video/C 3409

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Campus Culture Wars: Five Stories About PC.
University of Pennsylvania: racially insensitive language, Harvard University: gay rights, Stanford University: multicultural ideals, Pennsylvania State: sexual harassment, University of Washington: radical feminism. c1993. 86 min. Video/C 3328

Cancer in Two Voices.
This film provides a glimpse into the real lives of two lesbian women, Sandy and Barbara, especially into their coping with Barbara's breast cancer. Sandy and Barbara had almost three years together from the time Barbara's cancer was diagnosed until her death in 1988. The film is based on home videotapes made during that time. A film by Lucy Massie Phenix based on original videotapes by Ann Hershey. 1994. 43 min. Video/C 4002

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Can't You Take a Joke?
Presents a series of vignettes in which boy meets boy and girl meets girl, using the romantic music and visuals of Hollywood film noir to explore the ideal of love at first sight. A film by Viki Dun. c1991. 14 min. Video/C 9131

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Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen
Carmelita Tropicana, a lesbian Latina performance artist who supports herself as a building super on New York's Lower East Side, winds up in jail with three other women after a protest at an abortion clinic. Humorous monologues and campy production numbers ensue. Performers: Carmelita Tropicana, Annie Iobst, Sophia Ramos, Livia Daza Paris. A film by Ala Troyano. 1994. 28 min. DVD X1729; Video/C 8354

The Castro. (Neighborhoods, The Hidden Cities of San Francisco)
Chronicles the history of the Castro district from a working class neighborhood to the center of gay and lesbian life in San Francisco. Written and directed by Peter L. Stein. 1997. DVD X6785; vhs Video/C 5004

The Celluloid Closet.
Footage from over 120 films shows the changing face of homosexuality (both male and female) in the movies from cruel stereotypes to covert love to the activist triumphs of the 1990s. Many noted actors, writers and commentators provide funny and insightful anecdotes regarding the history of the role of gay men and lesbians in the movies. Based on: Celluloid closet / Vito Russo (UCB Main PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.H55 R8 1987) 102 min. DVD 706; Video/C 4717

Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker.
Examines the life and personal views of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, a psychologist who has spent her life researching the causes of homosexual behavior. Director, Richard Schmiechen. Dist.: Frameline. 1992. 75 min. Video/C 3430

Chained Girls(1965)
Director, Joseph P. Mawra. Who and what is a lesbian? Where can they be found? Are they happy with their lives? These are a few of the probing questions asked in this "documentary" "expose" of NYC dykes and femmes. 61 min. DVD 2536
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The Cockettes.
This engaging tribute looks at the rise and fall of a San Francisco theatrical troupe called The Cockettes between the years 1969 and 1972. The sensation of the hippie movement in San Francisco, they were described as "hippie and freak drag queens," people who were allowed to live at the end of their imaginations. Uses interviews and vintage footage to revisit this lost corner of recent cultural history. A film by David Weissman & Bill Weber. 2001. 100 min. DVD 222

Coming Out Under Fire.
Gay men and lesbians who were in the United States military service during World War II discuss their experiences with the response of the military establishment towards their sexual orientation. Producer/director, Arthur Dong. Based on Allan Berube's Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two (New York: Free Press, c1990. (UCB Ed/Psych D769.2 .B46 1990; UCB Main D769.2 .B46 1990; UCB Moffitt D769.2 .B46 1990). 71 min. DVD 4423; also VHS Video/C 3447

Common Threads.
The story of the AIDS Memorial Quilt established by the San Francisco NAMES Project Foundation in 1987 to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. From the thousands memorialized in the quilt, profiles five individuals--including a recovered IV drug user, a former Olympic decathlon star and a boy with hemophilia--whose stories reflect the diversity and common tragedy of those who have died from AIDS. Celebrates their unique personalities and achievements, interweaving these personal histories with a chronology of the epidemic's development and the negligence of the government. Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. 1990. 80 min. DVD 2761; also VHS Video/C 1774

Consenting Adults.
Presents a study of homosexuality in men and women, using filmed interviews with practicing homosexuals, to provide insight and bases for understanding and discussion. 1969. 40 min. Video/C 69

The Contemporary Lesbian: Beyond Stereotypes(KPFK, 26 Oct. 1971)
Examination of the changing views of lesbianism. Produced by Sheri Tyler. Presented by Women's Theater of Los Angeles. Includes reenactments including a lesbian on the couch, and a live discussion with participants from the Lesbian Feminists. Includes discussion of the belief by many psychologists that homosexuality is sick and perverted and the belief that lesbians are threats. Continues with readings about women meeting each other and sharing good times. (50:00) Musical interlude. Blood Man" reading about a male seducer then more female seduction songs and readings complete the program. Includes poetry by Harriet Francis from "Sappho '71," Elsa Gidlow from "Moods of Eros", Martha Shelley, Robby, Judy Grahn and the Gay Womens Lib, a speech by Sharon Zetchis, and selections from the July 1971 issue of Every Woman." Recorded on April 25, 1974 (This date may be inaccurate). Music by Sister Rosie. Originally broadcast on: KPFK, 26 Oct. 1971 88 min. Pacifica Radio Archives, BC0448

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Daddy and the Muscle Academy: Tom of Finland
A profile of Tom of Finland, Finland's most famous male homosexual artist, noted for his portrayal of muscular homosexual types in various erotic poses. Completed shortly before his death in 1991, this documentary combines interviews with Tom himself, commentary from his "leather men," hundreds of original drawings and steamy fantasy scenes inspired by his work. Special features: Sketch gallery with over 100 Tom of Finland drawings, 40 minutes of extended interview outtakes with Tom. Written & directed by Ilppo Pohjola. 2003. 55 min. DVD X894

Does Your Mother Know?
Interviews with lesbian students at the University of California, Berkeley concerning their views on family and personal relationships. Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology 138B) in Spring of 1996, at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. Sheila Quinlan, Shu Hung. 1996. 28 min. Video/C 4414

Drag
An upclose and personal look at some of San Francisco's iconic female impersonators, drag queens and a drag king rock band called Wood. Drag focuses on the different facets of contemporary Drag culture of San Francisco. While entertaining, the film also does away with several misconceptions about one of the sub-cultures of the LGBT community. Directed by Amir Jaffer. 2007. 84 min. DVD X2359

Dress to Kill
Directed by Lawrence Jordan. Eddie Izzard spins free-flowing jokes about San Francisco, transvestitism, squirrels, American optimism, Hitler, the British royal family, mass murder and Stonehenge. Izzard romps through human history and transforms surprisingly complex ideas into biting satire--as well as knockout bits of sublime frivolity, like describing the movie Speed entirely in French. 1998. 180 min. DVD 1497

Dry Kisses Only.
Through manipulated film clips this videotape explores the lesbian subtext of classical Hollywood films. 1990. 75 min. Video/C 2750

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Ecce Homo.
A Film by Jerry Tartaglia. Interweaves images from Jean Genet's masterpiece Un Chant d'Amour with images from gay male sex films. It forces the viewer to question the point of view in looking at "pornographic" images. AIDS hysteria portrays gay sex as sinful, politically incorrect, or a public health hazard. Ecce Homo asks whether this taboo is against gay sex or against seeing gay sex. 199?. Video/C 2694

The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde
Documents black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde's (1934-92) social vision, using footage from the four-day conference: I am your sister: forging global connections across differences, held in Boston in 1990. At the conference 1,200 men, women and young people from 23 countries examined the issues of the relations between race, class, gender and sexuality through Lorde's work. Interviews with the organizers of the conference are intercut with conference footage, including performances, controversies and speeches. Producer, director, writer, Jennifer Abod. 2000. 59 min. DVD 7917

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Eve's Daughters
Five lesbian women share their struggles of living in a racist, sexist, and homophobic society. They return as refugees from spiritual exile, refusing to be victims any longer and call upon the church not only to repent of its homophobia, but to celebrate the spiritual gifts they have because they are lesbians. Produced & directed by Anne Macksoud, John Ankele. 1995 DVD 9909

An Evening with Les Ballets Trockadero. Program 1
Contents: Swan Lake. Act II -- Le corsaire (Pas de deux) -- Go for Barocco -- The dying swan -- Raymonda's wedding. Presents performances by the all-male ballet troupe Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Founded in 1974 for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and in travesty, the comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. 100 min. DVD 3277

An Evening with Les Ballets Trockadero. Program 2
Contents: Les sylphides -- Le grand pas de quatre -- Yes, Virginia, another piano ballet -- The dying swan -- Paquita. Presents performances by the all-male ballet troupe Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Founded in 1974 for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and in travesty, the comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. 100 min. DVD 3278

Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
An overview of the history of gay and lesbian cinema, from Kenneth Anger's pioneering Fireworks (1947) to Ang Lee's Brokeback mountain (2005). Packed with interviews and an array of film clips from the genre, this documentary celebrates more than half a century of queer independent filmmaking. Special features: bonus interviews (Say your name and who you are, First gay film memories, Sex, Christine Vachon, Coming out). Produced and directed by Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg. c2005. 82 min. DVD 6633

Fast Trip, Long Drop.
Autobiographical documentary by Gregg Bordowitz chronicles his day to day life after testing positive for the HIV virus. With archival footage and an exuberant sound track film explores ethical and philosophical questions that the AIDS crisis provokes. c1993. Video/C 3724

Fear of Disclosure: the Psycho-Social Implications of HIV Revelation.
Musical video exploring the negative reaction of a potential gay lover to a man when he discloses his HIV-positive status. 1989. 25 min. Video/C 3828

Female Closet
Combining rare footage and interviews this documentary surveys the art and lives of various closeted lesbian women artists from different segments of the 20th century: Victorian photographer Alice Austen, Weimar collagist Hannah Hoch, and present day painter Nicole Eisenman. Produced, directed and edited by Barbara Hammer. c1998. 59 min. Video/C 7624

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Final Solutions.
A Film by Jerry Tartaglia. This film examines teleculture's treatment of AIDS as a consumer image. c1990. Video/C 2694

Flag Wars
Filmed over a 4 year period, "Flag Wars" is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. It explores the effects on a long-established working-class black neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio when gay white professionals move into and begin to transform the area. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Directed by Linda Goode Bryant; codirected by Laura Poitras Videocassette release of a documentary broadcast June 17, 2003 on PBS's Point of View television program. 90 min. DVD X4005 Video/C 9863

Quart, Lonard. " Flag wars." Cineaste. Fall 2003. Vol. 28, Iss. 4; p. 72 UC users only

Flesh & Paper
Gillian Hanscombe and others discuss the life and work of Indian lesbian poet and writer Suniti Namjoshi. Includes readings of her poetry and interviews with the author. 1990. 26 min. Video/C 9132

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Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives.
Recounts the experiences of Canadian lesbian women in the 1950's and 1960's who sought romance in gay beer parlours and bars. Their stories are interwoven with a fictional love story and set against the tabloids and pulp novels of the time and illustrate the stereotypes and intolerance they faced. Directors/writers, Aerlyn Weissman, Lynn Fernie. 86 min. 1992. Video/C 3206; also contained in Video/C 4664

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Forever Bottom
A "pseudo-instructional" video that takes a humorous look at the stima attached to being on the receiving end in gay male sexual relationships. Frameline. c1999. 4 min. Video/C 7933

Freeheld
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved. The film chronicles Laurel's struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials -- the Ocean County Freeholders -- deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel's battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain. Directed by Cynthia Wade. Special features: 100 additional minutes of never-before-seen footage, including: Oscar Day: Behind the Scenes, The Making of Freeheld, Laurel and Stacie's Video Diary, Laurel's Childhood, Communities Respond to Freeheld. 2007. 140 min. DVD X3241

F**k the Disabled: The Suprising Adventures of Greg Walloch
Part documentary, part concert film and part traditional comedy starring New York stand-up comedian Greg Walloch. Politically incorrect and politically challenging, much of Greg's act is based on his being openly gay and disabled. Timely and witty, Walloch makes the viewer question the term "disabled," as he pokes fun at religion, society, his friends and himself. 2001. 83 min. DVD 1185

Gay and Lesbian Images on Television: An Overview
One in a series of satellite seminars which investigate how prime-time television is conceptualized and created. This film explores gay and lesbian images and issues presented in television sit-coms and dramas through comments by the creators of "Thirtysomething," "Ellen," and "In the Life." Includes clips from the shows and a call-in question-and-answer session. Panel: Howard Rosenberg, Donna Red Wing, Richard Kramer ("Thirtysomething"), Tim Doyle ("Ellen"), Rhona J. Bernstein, John Catania ("In the Life"). Presented at the Museum of Television and Radio, Los Angeles, California." Preceded by an introduction by Mike Wallace and Bill Clinton to the newly opened Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles (5 min.). 1998. 89 min. Video/C 5684

Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, April 1993.
Produced by The Christian Action Network. A notorious Christian fundamentalist propaganda film. 1993. 30 min. Video/C 3284

Gay Courage: One Hundred Years of the Gay Movement in Germany and Beyond (Schwuler Mut 100 Jahre Schwulenbe)
Begins with gay celebrities from the 19th century and catalogues mostly Western European gay history to the present day through archival footage, re-created scenes and interviews. Includes Oscar Wilde, a gay Nazi, a concentration camp survivor, gay rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld and even writer Hans Christian Anderson. Concludes with a visit to very gay-liberated San Francisco where the director captures the thoughts of gays from all walks of life including seniors, leather bears, queer parents and transsexuals. A film by Rosa von Praunheim. Originally produced for television, 1997. 76 min. Video/C 9520

Gay Republicans.
In 2004, Log Cabin -- the Gay Republican Club -- was put to the test. President Bush's unequivocal opposition to gay marriage presented them with a stark choice, whether to be good Republicans and support the president, or stand up for gay rights. This decision opened schisms that threatened the unity of Log Cabin, as politics got personal and individuals were forced to decide if being gay is more important than being Republican. Written & directed by Wash Westmoreland. c2005. 62 min. DVD 4404

Gay USA.
Film coverage of the 1977 lesbian and gay pride parades and marches throughout the United States. Intercut with on-the-street interviews with gay men and women on their lovers and how they came out. Frameline. 1977. 71 min. Video/C 6229

Gay Youth.
This is the first video to explore the emotional strain placed on gay youth with intense feelings of isolation that can lead to alcohol and drug abuse and suicide. c1992. 40 min. Video/C 3306

The Gift.
Documents the phenomenon of deliberate HIV infection. The film follows the stories of two "bug chasers" who sought out "the gift" of HIV infection. Also interviewed are AIDS activist and author, Walt Odets, and HIV+ and HIV- men. The film explores the normalization and glamorization of HIV/AIDS and discusses the isolation and division caused by HIV status in the gay community. Bonus feature: Does anyone die of AIDS anymore? (26 min., 2002). Produced and directed by Louise Hogarth. 2002. 62 min. DVD 5027

Girls Kissing.
Goes behind the scenes with porn stars, a Penthouse photographer, ad execs and purveyors of adult sex toys to explore lesbian relationships. It also touches on underlying questions: Is the mainstream portrayal of lesbian sex accurate? How much pressure does this exert on otherwise straight women to explore lesbian relationships and does it confuse teenage girls or push them prematurely towards sexual experimentation? 2003. 49 min. Video/C MM359

Grapefruit: The Story of John and Yoko.
Featuring an all-female cast - including Shelley Cook as Ono, Susie Bright as Lennon - this film plays with the romanticized history of the iconic Fab Four, gently mocking John and Yoko's banal squabbles and obsessive rituals of self-display. The film works on many levels to reposition the mythic tale of the Beatles boy's life by casting '80's women in mod drag, effectively mapping the lesbian sub-culture onto heterosexual mass culture. Discounting the importance of historical accuracy, Dougherty gives an incisive reading of the creation of pop culture icons with John Lennon portrayed as a projection of our society's collective needs and desires. 1989. 40 min. Video 999:2003

[Hammer, Barbara] Female Closet
Combining rare footage and interviews this documentary surveys the art and lives of various closeted lesbian women artists from different segments of the 20th century: Victorian photographer Alice Austen, Weimar collagist Hannah Hoch, and present day painter Nicole Eisenman. Produced, directed and edited by Barbara Hammer. c1998. 59 min. Video/C 7624

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[Hammer, Barbara] Films of Barbara Hammer, 1: Lesbian Humor.
A collection of six films (1974-1987) spanning the career of this filmmaker. "Hammer's satiric use of technology corresponds well with the Eighties repression of sexual expression." Contents: Menses (10 min.) -- Superdyke (20 min) -- Our Trip (4 min.) -- Sync Touch (10 min.) -- Doll House (3 min.) -- No No Nooky T.V. (12 min.). c1989. 59 min. total running time. Video/C 2740

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[Hammer, Barbara] Films of Barbara Hammer, 2: Lesbian Sexuality.
A collection of four films, including the landmark Dyketactics, the first lesbian lovemaking film to be made by a lesbian. Contents: Dyketactics (1974, 4 min.) -- Multiple Orgasm (1976, 10 min.) -- Double Strength (1978, 16 min.) -- Women I Love (1976, 27 min.) 57 min. total running time. DVD X1258 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2741

[Hammer, Barbara] History Lessons
From an extraordinary body of archival footage -- some dating back to the 19th century -- of sports films, military films, vintage stag reels and lesbian angst dramas this film explores lesbian images from 1896 until 1969. Focusing on pervading images prior to Stonewall, the film exposes popular representations of lesbian culture. Special features: interview with Barbara Hammer, archival photo gallery, director biography, essay "The colonized lesbian body" by Barbara Hammer. 2000. 70 min. DVD X3999

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[Hammer, Barbara] Nitrate Kisses.
Explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture. Barbara Hammer weaves striking images of the sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples with footage that unearths the forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people. Dist.: Frameline. 1992. 67 min. Video/C 6225
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[Hammer, Barbara] Out in South Africa
A look at the social and political conditions for gay and lesbian people in present-day South Africa. Features interviews and historical background on the country's transformation into an open society for gay people. Directed, and edited by Barbara Hammer. c1994. 51 min. Video/C 9133

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[Hammer, Barbara] Tender Fictions.
A film by Barbara Hammer. Autobiographical film tracing the life of Barbara Hammer, lesbian filmmaker and activist, presented through numerous stills from her early life, home movies, experimental films, news footage and personal photographs. c1995. 58 min. Video/C 7625

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Hide and Seek
Mixes documentary and fiction to create a portrait of lesbian adolescence in 1960's America. The fictional narrative tells the story of 12-year-old Lou, coming to terms with her sexuality. Her story is woven between interviews with twenty adult lesbians who recount moments from their own childhoods. Also includes more than 100 photographs of lesbians when they were young girls and archival footage from educational films and home movies. A film by Su Friedrich. c1996. 64 min. DVD 4701; also VHS Video/C 9134
History Lessons
From an extraordinary body of archival footage -- some dating back to the 19th century -- of sports films, military films, vintage stag reels and lesbian angst dramas this film explores lesbian images from 1896 until 1969. Focusing on pervading images prior to Stonewall, the film exposes popular representations of lesbian culture. 2000. 66 min. Video/C 8220

A History of Homosexuality in Six Scenes.
Live theater, music and dance sequences concerning various attitudes held throughout history towards homosexuals. Performed at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 13, 1993. 85 min. Video/C 3228

Holy Mary.
From director Jerry Tartaglia, a funny look at gender, fashion, and the head of one of the world's largest all male clubs: Pope John Paul II. 1993?. Video/C 3249

Homo Promo.
A compilation of selections from motion pictures produced between 1956 and 1976 which examine the theme of homosexual relationships. Curated by Jenni Olson. Includes the 1965, 22 min. film: Queens at heart / [presented by] Southeastern Pictures Corporation. Frameline. 199?. 60 min. DVD X238; vhs Video/C 3456

The Homosexuals (CBS Report)
A CBS Reports program that underscores the difference between modern (1966) sexual morals and those of the dominant culture. Mike Wallace attempts to give even-handed treatment to a subject very much taboo at the time by concluding that homosexuality is most probably a disease, mainly a male phenomenon, involving those incapable of maintaining deep and long lasting relationships. Gore Vidal makes an appearance and sounds a modern tone in the depths of this 40-year old stopped time piece, but his insights and observations are cut into pieces amidst much broader coverage of insistent anti-homosexual psychologists on the one hand and shadowy interviews with male homosexuals. A media history landmark produced in the same New York City that three years later saw the Stonewall riots that began the modern era of gay power activism. 1966. 44 min. DVD 8569

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Hope Along the Wind: The life of Harry Hay
A biographical examination of the life of Harry Hay, labor organizer, Marxist teacher, and founding member of the Mattachine Society, one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. Frameline. 2001. 57 min. Video/C 9785

How Can I Be Sure That God Loves Me, Too?: A Sermon.
Rev. Mel White of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, responds to those who use the Bible to reject lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, by presenting a dramatic retelling of the life of Christ. 24 min. Video/C 7012

In the Life.
A Televised newsmagazine of gay American issues and culture. 57 min each. Video/C 4490. See separate listing for individual program content

It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School.
Directed by Debra Chasnoff. An exploration of what happens when experienced teachers talk to their students about lesbians and gay men. Students are asked to consider issues related to homosexuality at six elementary and middle schools. Presents footage of classroom activities and discussions with students exploring questions and issues presented to them by teachers and guest lecturers who come into their classes. Discusses school-wide presentations, activity-days, and how these events affect faculty, parents and teachers. Dist.: New Day Films. 1996. 78 min. Video/C 4957

Jodi: An Icon
Examines how actress Jodie Foster and her on-screen roles have become viewed as a lesbian role model. The film also presents scenes from the Jodie Foster look alike contest in San Francisco and includes a montage of views on Foster's butch femme indeterminacy which help to confirm Foster's status as a dyke icon. c1996. 24 min. Video/C 9128

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The Joy of Gay Sex.
Live theater, music and dance sequences concerning homosexual relationships. Performed at the University of California, Berkeley, on December ll, 1993. 104 min. Video/C 3227

Judith Butler: Philosophical Encounters of the Third Kind
Judith Butler, professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most important and influential contemporary thinkers in fields such as continental philosophy, literary theory, feminist and queer theory, and cultural politics. In the film, Butler covers a wide range of subjects, broaching not only controversial gender issues-including transsexuality and intersexuality-but also 20th century Jewish philosophy, AIDS activism, criticism of state power and violence, gay marriage, and anti-Zionism. This first film profile will serve to popularize her insightful analysis of sexual identity and gender roles at a time when the cultural and political debate over these issues pervades American society. A film by Paule Zajdermann. 2006. 52 min. DVD 7258

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Keep not Silent: Ortho-Dykes.
Documents the lives of three Ortho-Dykes, lesbians living, with varying degrees of anonymity, with the Orthodox population of Jerusalem. Miriam-Esther is married and keeps her desires completely hidden from her husband and children; Ruth lives a double life, alternating nights between her girlfriend and her completely aware husband; and Yehudit lives openly with her partner despite her rabbi father's disapproval. Directed and produced by Ilil Alexander. 2004. 52 min. DVD 5307

L is for Way You Look.
An exploration of lesbian history and the women who have served as role models and objects of desire for young lesbians. Also discusses how media images of lesbians affect the construction of identity and how lesbians are written in and out of history. 1991. 23 min. Video/C 3272

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Last Call at Maud's.
A look at the world's longest running lesbian bar, Maud's in San Francisco. Film interweaves rare archive film of the gay bar scene in the 1940's, the vice raids of the 1950's, the gay counter culture of the 1960's and "coming out" in the 1970's up until the bar closed its doors in 1989. Director, Paris Poirier. 1993. 77 min. DVD 4172; also VHS Video/C 3184

Lavender Limelight: Lesbians in Film.
Featuring: Cheryl Dunye, Rose Troche, Jennie Livingston, Monika Treut, Maria Maggenti, Su Friedrich, Heather MacDonald. Intimate conversations with lesbian film directors, including clips from their works, in which they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques of filmaking, Hollywood vs. Indie and love and sex, on screen and off. 1997. 57 min. DVD 3615; also DVD X1729; VHS Video/C 5431

Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too.
A documentation of the activities of the Lesbian Avengers, a lesbian activist group based in the New York City area. In it is shown how lesbians are demonstrating, by means of marches, rallies and other methods, for equal rights for lesbians, and for getting across the message that lesbians are just ordinary human beings like everybody else. Directed and edited by Janet Baus and Su Friedrich. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4703

Lesbian Nation: Short Films
Contents: Playing the part / Mitch McCabe (38 min.) -- Jumping the gun / Jane Schneider (10 min.) -- Lavender limelight : lesbians in film / Marc Mauceri (56 min.) -- Carmelita Tropicana: your kunst is your waffen / Ela Troyano (28 min.) -- Little women in transit / Barbara Heller (7 min.) Playing the part: Photographic essay about the obstacles a woman faces in telling her parents that she's a lesbian. Lavender limelight: Intimate conversations with lesbian film directors, including clips from their works, in which they explore their sexual identity, growing up gay, inspirations and techniques of filmaking, Hollywood vs. Indie and love and sex, on screen and off. Carmelita Tropicana: Humorous monologues, soapy melodramas, and campy production numbers ensue when a Latina performance artist who supports herself as a building super on New York's Lower East Side winds up in jail with some other riot girls. DVD X1729

LGBT Association Conference, February 11-13, 2000
University of California Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association. 2000. Presentations by speakers at the annual conference of the University of California LGBT Association addressing issues of concern to homosexual students and speeches on homosexual rights. Presentations by: Evan Wolfson (49 min.) -- Carla Trujillo (76 min.) -- Philip DuBois (72 min.) -- Kevin Jennings (60 min.) -- Francisco Alarcon (68 min.) -- Candace Gingrich (72 min.). 6 tapes;2000. 397 min. Video/C 6898

The Lesbian Underground: On Being a Lesbian Before the Women's Liberation Movement(KPFA, Dec. 1978)
Sabrina Sojourner hosts a discussion on the lesbian underground, or what it was like to be a lesbian before the feminist and gay liberation movement. Guests include Del Martin, author and Commissioner of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, Phyllis Lyon, Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco, and Pat Bond, comedian. Produced by Karla Tonella. Originally broadcast on: KPFA, Dec. 1978. 60 min. Pacifica Radio Archives, AZ0294

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The Lesbians(WBAI, Dec. 10 1963)
Nine lesbians discuss their lives and experiences. Interviewed by Charles Hayden. Originally broadcast on: WBAI, Dec. 10 1963. 49 min. Pacifica Radio Archives, BB3264

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Liberty: 3 Stories About Life & Death
Explores the deep interconnectedness of a lesbian family of friends as they journey through both the joys of knowing each other and the tragedy of loss through death. In this compelling three-part documentary, we find the mix of loss and courage, fear and joy, and pain and determination that make up the experience of living and dying. Director: Pam Walton. Dist.: New Day Films c2004. 55 min. DVD X6486

The Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg.
Depicts Allen Ginsberg, an American poet and social activist in the different decades of his life and activities. Includes interviews with contemporaries of his cultural era. A film by Jerry Aronson. c1993. 82 min. DVD 6808; vhs Video/C 3463

Awards
International Documentary Association

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde, poet and lesbian-feminist talks about being lesbian and black in New York in the 1950s and her social/political activity. Includes conversations and readings by Lorde and comments by other writers and family members. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 5667

Awards
American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Live to Tell: The First Gay and Lesbian Prom in America
Chronicles the lives of the students of the EAGLES Center, an alternative high school in Los Angeles for gay and lesbian teens who, due to persecution, are unable to function in the regular school system. Shows their efforts to organize a citywide prom for over 200 gay and lesbian high school students in Los Angeles County and the first gay and lesbian prom in America. c1995. 24 min. Video/C 4804

Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness.
Presents narratives by persons who have AIDS or are HIV positive. Kermit Cole discovered a diverse community, straight and gay, female and male, young and old, filed with active and vibrant people who live contrarily to every dismal and oppressive image of the typical AIDS victim presented by the media. Producer/director, Kermit Cole. 1993. 72 min. Video/C 3304

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Living with AIDS.
Roosevelt Williams addresses a class on medical ethics concerning his experiences with the medical establishment while being treated for the disease of AIDS. Lecture presented to IDS 130 class, Seminar on Social, Political and Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine, at the University of California, Berkeley, in March, 1994. 55 min. Video/C 3226

The Lost Tribe.
Ex-Mormon-lesbian comedian Sue Ann Post attends the annual conference of Affirmation, an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Mormons in Salt Lake City Utah. An observational documentary following Sue Ann's funny, bizarre and confronting journey to Mormon Zion as she performs for an audience of predominately devout, excommunicated gay Mormons. A film by Rachel Landers. 2005. 56 min. DVD 5306

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Love Man Love Woman (Chuyên thay duc = The tale of Master Duc)
In this documentary, the filmmaker follows Master Luu Ngoc Duc, one of the most prominent spirit mediums in Hanoi, and his vibrant community through their rituals and everyday life. The film explores how effeminate and gay men in homophobic Vietnam have traditionally found community and expression in the country's popular Mother Goddess Religion, Dao Mau. Directed, shot, produced & edited by Nguyen Thi. Trinh. c2007. 53 min. DVD X6602

Making the Boys
This documentary "explores the drama, struggle, and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience. The boys in the band sparked heated controversy that still exists four decades later. Features anecdotes from the surviving cast and filmmakers." Directed and produced by Crayton Robey. 2011. 93 min. DVD X6719

March on Washington.
Documents the April 1993 March on Washington for Lesbians, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation featuring interviews, excerpts from speeches and musical performances. c1993. 29 min. Video/C 4075

Market This!: Queer Radicals Respond to Gay Assimilation
A documentary that explores the desire for radical politics and culture in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. The film began in 1999 after the Queeruption gathering in New York City. During workshops and caucuses, through discussion and entertainment, participants came together to explore ways that our community can sustain and validate itself without supporting a system that actively exploits poor people, women, people of color, and gay people. 2002. 28 min. Video/C MM1139

Meeting Two Queens
A film which links two queens of the silver screen, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich through motifs such as the cigarette and circuitry of meaningful gazes and gestures. Clips from their signature roles are remounted in silent film style vignettes casting them in the role of lovers by Chilean video artist Barriga. A videotape by Cecilia Barriga. c1991. 14 min. Video/C 9130

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Milk/Moscone Murder News Coverage.
Local news coverage, 1978. DVD X3321; Video/C 2222

Network Q.
A monthly video news service published monthly providing the gay perspective on America. MRC has November 1992-December 1994. See Separate Listing for contents of individual programs. Video/C 4000

Nitrate Kisses.
Explores eroded emulsions and images for lost vestiges of lesbian and gay culture. Barbara Hammer weaves striking images of the sexual activities of four gay and lesbian couples with footage that unearths the forbidden and invisible history of a marginalized people. Dist.: Frameline. 1992. 67 min. Video/C 6225
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No Secret Anymore: The Times Of Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon
Chronicles the lives of two women who have been partnersin love and political struggle for half a century. SanFrancisco icons, Del Martin and Phylllis Lyon areknown as the founders of the modern lesbian civilrights movement. This documentary follows them throughsix decades, tracing the emergence of lesbians fromthe fear of discovery to the expectation of equality. Produced and directed by Joan E. Biren. Dist.: Frameline. c2003. 57 min. DVD 2431

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

The Odds of Recovery.
The filmmaker documents her personal journey through illnesses, surgeries and problems she encounters with the medical establishment. She strongly feels that these problems also affected the sexual relationship with her lesbian companion. Alternative treatments to solve her medical problems included tai chi and acupuncture, gardening and embroidery. A film by Su Friedrich. 2005. 65 min. DVD 4700

Off the Straight & Narrow: Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals & Television.
This is the first in-depth documentary film to cast a critical eye over the growth of gay images on television. Leading media scholars provide the historical and cultural context for exploring the implications of these new representations for political and cultural meanings. 1998. 63 min. Video/C 5709

The Oldest Lesbian in the World
Nearing 100 years old, Bobby Staff whimsically exposes a rare and revealing insight into the romantic life of a butch lesbian born in 1913. Accompanied by her long time friend, Sweet Baby J'ai, Bobbie takes us on a trip down a very steamy memory lane, through photographs and vivid memories of many decades living her life as an out lesbian in New York City and Los Angeles. Directors and producers, Mary Jo Godges, Renee Sotile. c2011. 23 min. DVD X7077

On Being Gay.
A conversation with Brian McNaught: syndicated columnist, author, counselor, and lecturer. Discusses the fallacies, the facts, and the feelings of being gay in a straight world. He encourages viewers to realize their individual potential and to replace self-hate with self-esteem, self-doubt with self- knowledge, self-consciousness with self-confidence. 1986. 80 min. Video/C 3309

On Common Ground.
An idiosyncratic portrait of the tragedies and triumphs of the gay liberation movement. Examines the political urgency of the 60's to the alienation and social contradictions of the 90's. c1992. 90 min. Video/C 3376

Our Brothers, Our Sons.
Examines the resurgent AIDS crisis through the prism of eight gay men -- four Baby Boomers and four GenXers who talk about their experiences with HIV/AIDS and safer sex messages. Explores the failure of traditional safe-sex messages to reach a new generation. Written and directed by Jim Arnold. 2002. 24 min. DVD 5093

Out in Silence
Filmmaker Joe Wilson returns to his hometown of Oil City, Pa., after the appearance of his same-sex wedding announcement in his small hometown newspaper causes controversy, and he receives a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen who is being tormented in school. Wilson's journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it. Directed by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer. 2009. 56 min. DVD X4242

Out in the Garden.
A film by Vincent Grenier. An extraordinary film which explores the dynamic of assumptions, seen through the struggle of a gay man who has recently been told that he is HIV positive. In his own way he comes to terms with the news in front of Grenier's camera. The result is a film which examines our own complicity in this struggle. 1991. 15 min. Video/C 2693

National Educational Film & Video Festival 1992 (Bronze Apple)

Out in the Open
This documentary seeks, once and for all, to destroy misconceptions, fears, and myths about the LGBTQ community. The film is geared toward at-risk youth across the world, as well as their families, friends, and teachers. Featuring interviews with celebrities, politicians, and everyday allies who openly embrace the LGBTQ community, it asserts that no single person is the same and that all people should be celebrated.. 2013. 88 min. DVD X9156

Out Late
Five individuals make the courageous and life-altering decision to come out as a lesbian, gay, or transgender, after the age of 55. Why did they wait so long to come out? And what was the turning point that caused each of them to openly declare their sexuality? Directed by Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooke. 2008. 62 min. DVD X7145

Out of the Past: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Rights in America
Reviews the struggle for lesbian and gay rights in the United States, citing historical figures whose sexuality has been ignored in history and who could have been inspirational role models for young people today. Also tells the story of Kelli Peterson, a high school student in Salt Lake City, Utah, and her struggle to cope with being lesbian in a sometimes hostile society and to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance club at East High School in Salt Lake City. Directed and produced by Jeff Dupree. 1997. 65 min. DVD X4010 Video/C 6623

Out: Stories of Lesbian and Gay Youth.
Records the personal stories of gay and lesbian youth who are faced with social isolation, rejection by family and peers and the threat of homophobic violence, yet despite the odds are able to make it through and get on with their lives. c1994. 43 min. Video/C 3964

Outlaw
An interview with Leslie Feinberg, author of Stone butch blues, an account of a working-class lesbian who passes as a man. Feinberg who has spent much of her own life passing as a man speaks with passion and intelligence about her experiences, calling for more sensitivity for the human rights and dignity of transgendered people. A videotape by Alisa Lebow. c1994. 26 min. Video/C 9128

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Outrage
An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others. Written and directed by Kirby Dick. Special features: Commentary with Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering, deleted scenes, Rodger McFarlane tribute, Tribeca Film Festival panel Q & A, director Q & A at Washington, D.C. screening. 2009. 89 min. DVD X2783

Paris is Burning.
A film by Jennie Livingston. Story of the young men of Harlem who originated "voguing" and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream. 1992. 76 min. DVD 4430; VHS Video/C 3211

Awards

Berlin International Film Festival - Best Documentary
International Documentary Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Documentary
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize

Interview with Jennie Livingston in Lavender Limelight

Paris Was a Woman.
Through a combination of still photos, archival film footage, and interview commentary this film documents the creative community of French, English and American women, many of whom were lesbians, who gravitated to the Left Bank in Paris during the early part of the 20th century. Originally produced as motion picture in 1995. In Directed by Greta Schiller. 1995. 75 min. DVD X3039; Video/C 6126

Paul Monette: The Brink of Summer's End
This biographical documentary which was shot over three and a half years, explores Paul's life and work from his seemingly idyllic New England boyhood, and his closeted adolescence to his development into a successful writer, committed gay activist, until his death from AIDS in February, 1995. 90 min. Video/C 6042

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

The People vs. Dan White
A re-enactment of events surrounding the trial of Dan White, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who killed San Francisco mayor, George Moscone and supervisor, Harvey Milk, on November 27, 1978. Charged with first degree murder, White was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. 1983. 92 min. DVD X6898; Video/C 3798

Pirated
Using a nonlinear "pirated television" editing technique the filmmaker recounts his escape from Vietnam as a child complete with capture by pirates and rescue by West German sailors and reveals the impact events played in developing his sexual identity. A film by Nguyen Tan Hoang. 2000. 11 min. DVD 5123

The Potluck and the Passion
Directed by Cheryl Dunye. Sparks fly as racial, sexual and social politics intermingle at a lesbian potluck. 1993. 22 min. DVD X2485

Pride, Prejudice and Gay Politics (1982).
Reporter/producer Spencer Michels examines gay politics in San Francisco and looks at the future of gay politics both inside and outside the city. 3/4 in. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 374

La pudeur ou limpudeur
At the request of French television, the writer-photographer Herve Guibert filmed this video self-portrait chronicling the grim impact of AIDS on his life. With a dispassionate eye, he compares the decay of his body with the bodily disintegration of old age. c1991. 58 min. DVD 9897 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM409

Queens at Heart
A short film that introduces viewers to Misty, Vicky, Sonja, and Simone, four transvestites living in New York. 1965. 22 min. DVD X238

Queer Geography: Mapping Our Identities: Detailing the Experiences of Four Queer Youth
Co-produced by two high school students, this documentary explores the lives of four gay youth, ages 16-20, examining such issues as sexual orientation, coming out, family life and dealing with being "out" in school. The film also addresses the role of community organizations in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth of today. Frameline. 2001. 12 min. Video/C 8144

Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis
Examines the many aspects of the gay fascination with Bette Davis, featuring filmclips of Bette's most iconic moments, juxtaposed with camp burlesques of her by Matthew Martin and others, including Charles Pierce and Arthur Blake; a profile of Martin highlighting his long identification with Davis; and interviews with fans, entertainers, and gay cultural historians. 2008. 88 min. DVD X2628

The Question of Equality: Gay and Lesbian Struggle Since Stonewall.
Contents: pt. 1. Out Rage '69 / produced, directed, and written by Arthur Dong -- pt. 2. Culture Wars / produced, directed, and edited by Tina DiFeliciantonio & Jane C. Wagner -- pt. 3. Hollow Liberty / directed by Robyn Hutt; produced by Robyn Hutt & Bennett Singer -- pt. 4. Generation "Q" / produced & directed by Robert Byrd. Using a mix of rarely seen archival footage, live action sequences, and personal interviews, this film series presents a comprehensive view of the gay liberation movement in the United States. Based on the book "Question of Equality" ( UCB Law Lib KF4754.5 .Q47 1995; UCB Main HQ76.8.U5 Q47 1995; UCB Moffitt HQ76.8.U5 Q47 1995) 4 videocassettes (ca. 55 min. each) Video/C 4365

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Radical Harmonies
"Woodstock Meets Women's Liberation in a film about a movement that explodes the gender barriers in music." A documentary on the history of the women's music movement. With festival and concert footage, interviews & archival material, the film delves into the rich history of women creating a cultural life based in a commitment to diversity, feminism and women loving women. Features foremothers of women's music (Cris, Holly, Margie, Meg and more) and today's "new women's music" artists Ani Difranco, Melissa Ferrick, Bitch and Animal and more. c2002. 88 min. DVD 2371

Rainbow's End.
A multinational journey throughout Europe and the world, exploring the future of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people. From parades and protests in Warsaw and Krakow to personal stories with social, religious and political insights, the film moves from street activism to the United Nations in Geneva. Dist. Frameline. 2006. 75 min. DVD 6250

Remembering Stonewal.[Sound recording]
A radio documentary that features oral histories of those involved in the riots at Stonewall Inn, the gay bar in Greenwich Village, that sparked the gay rights movement in the United States. Both police and Stonewall Inn patrons are interviewed. Pacifica Radio Archives, 200? 29 min. Sound/D 215

Remembrance.
A short remembrance from director Jerry Tartaglia about growing up gay, searching for an identifiable image on the movie screen. This character chose Bette Davis in All About Eve. 1993?. Video/C 3249

Reporter Zero
A look at the life and career of journalist Randy Shilts, who is best known for his reporting on the AIDS crisis and for being the first openly gay reporter at a major media outlet (The San Francisco Chronicle). Author of the best-selling book "And the Band Played On." A film by by Carrie Lozano. Produced at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. 2005. 25 min. DVD X4773 DVD X4769

Rock Hudson's Home Movies.
Using clips from Rock Hudson's films and employing a narrative commentary from beyond the grave, the filmmaker invents an eclectic form of biography in which he explores the illusory nature of Hudson's screen image and society's attitudes towards Hudson as a homosexual. A film by Mark Rappaport. 1994. 63 min. DVD X2936; vhs Video/C 3458

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith.
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Running Gay.
Interviews with gay and lesbian athletes participating in the 1990 Gay Games III in Vancouver, Canada. 1991. 21 min. Video/C 5610

The Salt Mines & The Transformation
The Salt Mines explores the lives of Hispanic male transvestite prostitutes and crack addicts living in abandoned garbage trucks at a road salt storage facility near lower Manhattan. The Transformation follows Ricardo (Sara in The Salt Mines) as he rejects his street life to join a group of Born Again Christians in an effort to tranform his life from that of a homosexual to a heterosexual. 1996?. 47, 58 min. Video/C 4569

School Boy Art
Directed, edited and produced by Erica Cho. Cast: Franz Corona, Clover Paek, Paul Loop. This tape highlights a queer female actor's performance as an elder male professor teaching a young queer boy how to draw as a stage for the student's first sexual experience. "A short softsmut film starring a cutie graffiti-sketchin' Angelino who is transferring to art school." 2004. 12 min. Video/C MM1018

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria
Screaming queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States -- a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn. Street queens, cops and activists recall the riot and paint a vivid portrait of the wild transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco. Written and directed by Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker. Dist: Frameline. 2005. 57 min. DVD 5740

Sea in the Blood
A personal documentary about living close to illness. It traces the relationship of the artist to thalassemia in his sister Nan, and AIDS in his partner Tim. At the core of the piece are two trips. The first is in 1962 when Richard went with Nan from Trinidad to England to see a famous hematologist interested in her unusual case. The second is in 1977 when Richard and Tim made a counterculture pilgrimage from Europe to Asia. The relationship with Tim blossomed, but Nan died before their return. 2000. 26 min. Video/C 8275

Selected films and Shorts
Selected films and shorts by Osa Hidalgo-de la Riva. Her works explore the representation of Chicanas in films and videos and lesbianism in various cultures. Contents: Disc 1: 1. Amor en Aztlan (1987, 5 min. musical montage) / U.C. Santa Cruz with Ruben Blades music "Motherland" -- 2. Primitive and proud (1992, 17 min., In English) /Part II of Mujeria sequel -- 3. Olmeca rap (1990, 5 min.) / Part I of Mujeria sequel -- 4. Two spirits: native lesbians & gays (1992, 26 min.) / co-produced with Deep Dish TV, Royal Eagle Bear Productions, Mona Smith and Third World Newsreel -- 5. Primitive and proud (1992, 17 min., In Spanish) / Part II of Mujeria sequel -- 6. Transformation (1989, 5 min.) / found footage experiment with Nona Hendryx music "transformation" -- 7. Zone 4: a prison poem (1998?, 5 min.) -- 8. Marginal eyes: or Mujeria fantasy #1 (2000?, 17 min.) -- Disc 2: The power of 13 (Re-generations), (2006, 3 min.) Directed by Osa Hidalgo-de la Riva. 100 min. DVD X1086

Sex Is...: Exploring Sex and Sexuality in the Lives of Gay Men.
Examines the role of sex in the lives of fifteen gay men. 1994. 80 min. Video/C 3457

Sex Positive
Documents the life of Richard Berkowitz, a revolutionary gay S&M hustler turned AIDS activist in the 1980s, whose advocacy of safe sex for gay men has never been aptly credited. Mr. Berkowitz emerged from the epicenter of the epidemic demanding a solution to the problem before the outside world would take heed. Now destitute and alone, Mr. Berkowitz tells his story to a world who never wanted to listen. Directed by Daryl Wein. 2010. 75 min. DVD X3841

She Even Chewed Tobacco: She Drank, She Swore, She Even Courted Girls: Passing Women in 19th Century America
Uses archival black and white photographs and original artwork with voiceover narrative to illustrate the history of women who "passed" as men in mid-to-late 19th and early 20th century America, not always for reasons of sexual orientation, but for economic or social status enhancement. 1983. 40 min. Video/C 8132

Silence = Death: Artists in New York Fight Against Aids: A Film
A film by Rosa von Prunheim. This film serves as an important historical document, exploring the reactions of New York's artistic community to the ravages of the disease. A film by Rosa von Praunheim. c1991. 60 min. Video/C 3333

Silent Pioneers.
Elderly homosexuals discuss the changed social conditions which have allowed them greater freedom in their relationships. c1984. 28 min. Video/C 3308

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
An exploration of the way Hollywood dealt with or ignored issues of homosexuality during its so-called Golden Age, when the studio system reigned supreme. This funny and occasionally rude re-examination of the subterfuges by which Hollywood has alluded to and at the same time avoided an issue that it could not even name, much less identify, it is at the same time a serious survey of gender issues and how they were perceived and perpetuated by the Hollywood dream factory from the 1930s up to the 1960s. A film by Mark Rappaport. 1997. 101 min. DVD X3967; Video/C 6071

Silverlake Life.
An extraordinary video diary of living with AIDS. Told with guts and humor by longtime companions Tom Joslin and Mark Massi who both have AIDS, this powerful documentary celebrates the human spirit while capturing the emotional challenges of living with a fatal illness. DVD Special features: Never-before-seen epilogue footage by Elaine Mayes; filmmaker interviews by Parvez Sharma; filmmaker biographies and statement; awards and critical acclaim for Silverlake life; resource guide to AIDS organizations. Produced & directed by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman c1993. 99 min. DVD 5426; vhs Video/C 3229

Awards

Berlin International Film Festival - Best Documentary Film
International Documentary Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award
Peabody Awards
Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize; Freedom of Expression Award

Since Stonewall.
Originally produced as 10 short motion pictures in the 1970's, 1980's and the early 1990's. Ten short films (two using animation) reflecting the feelings, fears, humor, artistry, and changing realities of gays and the gay life in America. c1992. 80 min. Video/C 2739

So What!: Young Queers United for Empowerment
DVD X786

Southern Comfort
Fifteen years later, he has fallen in love with Lola Cola, a vivacious and magnetic woman who was born male. Together they are coping with Robert's terminal case of ovarian cancer. Produced, filmed and edited by Kate Davis. 2000. 90 min. DVD 5501; vhs Video/C MM1161

Stigmata: The Transfigured Body
Stigmata is a riveting look at body modification such as tattooing, cutting, piercing and branding, practices which are becoming increasingly popular amongst women. Although these activities are considered radical, the videotape suggests that they are no more physically radical than cosmetic surgery; and these women are transforming their bodies against conventional stereotypes of femininity rather than to conform to them. Stigmata explores concepts of beauty, self-determination and the outer limits of female sexuality. c1992. 27 min. Video/C 4926

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Stolen Moments.
Giving voice to stories that have been scattered or buried, rendering a shadowy history visible, this film weaves together the lost threads of lesbian history. Here lesbian writers share their insights on lesbianism, sexual politics and feminism against a backdrop of women's motorcyle clubs, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, the Vancouver Gay Games, lesbian stand-up comedy and gay bars that were once the only public meeting places available to lesbians. 1997. 92 min. Video/C 5657

The Stonewall Archives. The Before Stonewell Interviews
Special features: Disc 1: Two poems by Allen Ginsberg, performances from the Before Stonewall Garden Party. Disc 1. The gay performers -- Disc 2. The lesbian pioneers -- Disc 3. Gay men take action before Stonewall. Traces the social, political and cultural history of homosexuality in America from the 1920s to 1969; the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement after a police raid on Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City; and the three-day riot that followed. Contains original interviews and performances recorded for the film, and uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots. Archival material released here is part of the Before Stonewall Archive Project. DVD 6540 [See Also: Before Stonewall]

Stonewall 25: Global Voices of Pride and Protest.
A celebration of 25 years of gay and lesbian history including a visit to the sight of the Stonewall gay bar and footage from the Gay Games. 1994. 80 min. Video/C 3565

Stonewall Uprising
Explores the dramatic event that launched a worldwide rights movement. When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived. Based on: Stonewall : the riots that sparked the gay revolution by David Carter (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt HQ76 .C315 2004) Directed by Kate Davis. 2010. 90 min. DVD X6867

Stop the Church.
Documentary film exploring the planning and execution of the disruption of a service at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral in 1989 by the radical gay rights group, ACT UP. The filmmaker brings the audience into the Cathedral during the protest as well as into the planning sessions of ACT UP, New York. 1990. 24 min. Video/C 3416

Straight for the Money: Interviews with Queer Sex Workers
A Documentary offering a unique perspective on sex work from the lesbian point of view. Through interviews, erotica, and archival footage the videomaker explores the lives of lesbian strippers, prostitutes and exotic dancers, including author and activist Annie Sprinkle. The women share their perspectives on feminism, sexual empowerment, desire and cold hard cash which they have gained working in this predominantly heterosexual and male dominated industry. 1994. 59 min. Video/C 5577

Straightlaced
Meet 50 incredibly diverse students who take us on a powerful, intimate journey to see how popular pressures around gender and sexuality are shaping the lives of today's American teens ... Demonstrates how gender-based expectations are deeply intertwined with homophobia, and also are impacted by race, ethnicity and class. From girls confronting popular messages about culture and body image, to boys who are sexually active just to prove they aren't gay, the film reveals the toll that deeply-held stereotypes and rigid gender policing have on all of our lives, and offers both teens and adults a way out of anxiety, fear, and violence. Directed by Debra Chasnoff. Dist.: New Day Films. c2009. 67 min. DVD X2982

Stuart Gaffney: Compilation tape. Number 1: Hapa and Asian-themed Video Works
Contents: Cunanan's conundrum (col., 11 min., 1998) -- Names (b&w, 8 min, 2000) -- Secret sounds (b&w, 4 min., 2001) -- Transgressions (b&w, 6 min., 2002) -- Chinese Tom (b&w, si., 3 min., 2003) -- Introductions (b&w, 7 min., 1999). 1994. 24 min. Video/C 4074

Presents films from Stuart Gaffney who produces short works on AIDS, queer and Eurasian identities. Films in his first compilation tape focus on queer Hapa and Asian-themes. Video/C MM72

Stuart Gaffney: Compilation tape. Number 2: HIV/AIDS-themed Video Works.
Contents: Virus (col., 4 min., 1994) -- Re Generation (col., 6 min, 1995) -- Look harder (col., 4 min., 1996) -- Leaving the way it came (b&w, 3 min., 1997) -- Dear Al (col., 2 min., 1997) -- Bareback (b&w, 4 min., 1999).

Presents films from Stuart Gaffney who produces short works on AIDS, queer and Eurasian identities. Films in his second compilation tape focus on AIDS and HIV themes. Video/C MM73

Stuart Gaffney: Compilation tape. Number 3: Queer-themed Video Works.
Contents: My lover's aunt's porn (col., 4 min., 2000) -- Dream figure (b&w, 4 min, 2001) -- Whit/men (col., si., 4 min., 1997) -- My pornographic life (col., 3 min., 1998) -- Sex offender (col., 3 min., 1998).

Presents films from Stuart Gaffney who produces short works on AIDS, queer and Eurasian identities. Films in his third compilation tape focus on gay and homosexual themes. Video/C MM74

Summer in My Veins
Gay Indian filmmaker Nish Saran, recently tested positive for HIV, travels across the United States with his family who are visiting from India and reveals his gayness to his mother during the journey. Frameline. c1999. 41 min. Video/C 8380

Tender Fictions.
A film by Barbara Hammer. Autobiographical film tracing the life of Barbara Hammer, lesbian filmmaker and activist, presented through numerous stills from her early life, home movies, experimental films, news footage and personal photographs. c1995. 58 min. Video/C 7625

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Thank God I'm a Lesbian.
A documentary about the diversity of lesbian identities. A series of frank and articulate discussions about issues ranging from coming out, racism, bisexuality, and SM, to the evolution of the feminist and lesbian movements, outing, and compulsory heterosexuality. 1992. 55 min. Video/C 3367

Description from Women Make Movies catalog description

That Man
Traces Peter Berlin's story from his childhood in wartime Germany to his current life in San Francisco. A talented artists, photographer, and filmmaker, Peter Berlin was his own biggest creation, a carefully constructed, unattainable icon awash in eroticism. Directed by Jim Tushinski. 2006. 80 min. DVD X4261

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy.
Presents a plea by two protestant clergymen using Biblical exegesis, for the acceptance of gay and lesbian Christians and lifestyles into mainstream Protestant churches. [199-?] 31 min. Video/C 7014

The Times of Harvey Milk.
On November 27, 1978, Dan White, a former City Supervisor entered San Francisco's City Hall with a gun and murdered both the Mayor, George Moscone, and San Francisco's first openly gay politician, City Supervisor, Harvey Milk. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served a brief jail term, sparking a demonstration and riot by gay supporters of the murdered men. Directed by Rob Epstein. 88 min. DVD 2728; also VHS Video/C 1009

Awards

Academy Awards - Best Documentary, Features
International Documentary Association
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Documentary
News & Documentary Emmy Awards - Outstanding Interview/Interviewer - Programs
Peabody Awards
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Best Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, Documentary

Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women
This tribute profiles the jazz trumpeter Ernestine"Tiny" Davis, and her lesbian partner of 40 years, drummer Ruby Lucas (aka Renee Phelan). Includes interviews with Tiny and Ruby in their Chicago home, archival material, lively musical performances, and narration by poet Cheryl Clarke. A film by Greta Schiller. c1988. 28 min. Video/C 4073

Eaklor, Vicki L. "Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women." Review. The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 4. (Oct., 1990), pp. 1146-1147.

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Tom Chomont.
A compilation of four films by this filmmaker: Jabbok, the Heavens, Razor Head, and The Bath. 1992?. 17 min. Video/C 2692

Tom's Flesh.
An experimental documentary film informed by the intersection of the gay male body aesthetic and childhood abuse circa 1960s. Incorporating dark, distant memories, and recent invasive procedures, the film draws on the personal experience of one of its makers: growing up fat, loosing huge amounts of weight, being bulimic and anorexic, having plastic surgery, these all reflect the outward signs of Tom's relationship to his flesh, his internal self-perception and external self imaging. 1994. 9 min. Video/C 4922

The Transformation
SEE: The Salt Mines & The Transformation

Transgeneration
This eight part television series follows four American college students over the period of a year as they prepare for gender reassignment. Faced with life-altering choices such as whether or not to take hormone therapy or undergo sex reassignment surgery, these four individuals discuss their lives, their hopes and setbacks, as they deal with varying reactions from family, friends and society. Directed by Jeremy Simmons. c2005 ca. 300 min. DVD 6600

Trembling Before G-d
A documentary built around personal stories of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews. Portrays people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passion for Judaism with the biblical prohibitions against homosexuality. Includes interviews with closeted and out gay Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, including the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, Steven Greenberg. A film by Sandi Simcha Dubowski and Marc Smolowitz. Special features (Disc 2): a 36 min. documentary about the film: "Trembling on the road" / directed and produced by Sandi Simcha Dubowski; a short film by the director: "Tomboychik;" short film "Mark: the musical;" interview with the director; more interview footage with Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Rabbi Aron Tendler, Rabbi Aharon Feldman, Rabbi Meir Fund, Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin; a discussion of the opening scenes; a discussion among the facilitators of Petach Lev: the Trembling Before G-d Israeli Education Project; conversation with editor/creative collaborator Susan Korda; deleted scene; a discussion of the atonement ceremony for sexual sins; theatrical trailer; international resources, links, and glossary. 84 min. 2000 DVD X5624; Video/C 9347

Awards
American Library Association Video Rountable Notable Videos for Adults

Turnabout: The Story of the Yale Puppeteers: Featuring Harry Burnett and His Marionettes
The theatrical memoir of the Yale Puppeteers, three men who became world renowned puppeteers, now in their 90's, who delighted millions with witty shows and who happen to be gay. The story of Forman George Brown, Harry Burnett and Roddy Brandon. 58 min. 1992. DVD 9153

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
Combines startling archival footage and insightful interviews to explore ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) from a grassroots perspective. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of a half dozen exhilarating major actions, including Seize Control of the FDA, Stop the Church, and Day of Desperation, with a timeline of many of the other zaps and actions that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis, revealing the group's complex culture. Meetings, affinity groups, and approaches to civil disobedience mingle with profound grief, sexiness, and the incredible energy of ACT UP. 93 min. 2011. DVD X9314

An Untitled Portrait
Directed by Cheryl Dunye. Dunye's relationship with her brother is examined in this mixture of appropriated film footage, super 8mm home movies & Dunye's special brand of humor. 1993. 4 min. DVD X2485

Vanilla Sex
Directed by Cheryl Dunye. Dunye's contribution to visual artist Shu Leah Cheng's video installation Those fluttering objects of desire. 1992. 4 min. DVD X2485

Vocation.
Directed by Jerry Tartaglia, pastoral hymn to the god Pan, which was filmed at the Short Mountain Collective in Tennessee. 1993?. Video/C 3249

Voices from the Front: America 1988-1991.
Documentary about AIDS activism in the United States from 1988-1991. Includes coverage of demonstrations and interviews with AIDS activists seeking to change public consciousness, expose the failure of the health care system, and challenge government inaction and neglect concerning AIDS.c1994. 90 min. Video/C 3723

We Were Here
A deep and reflective look at the arrival and impact of AIDS in San Francisco and how individuals rose to the occasion during the first years of this unimaginable crisis. Directed by David Weissman ; co-director, Bill Weber. 2011 90 min. DVD X6705

What's Underground About Marshmallows?
"The complete, extraordinary "reperformance" by Ron Vawter of Jack Smith's 1981 performance piece, What's Underground About Marshmallows?, in which Jack, strongly against the commodification of art and fearful that people were making illegal copies of his films, accuses Jonas Mekas, the champion of avant-garde film in the early '60s, of this diabolical infringement. In Marshmallows, Jack tells a funny, pathetic tale "on" himself--a nightmare of failing to catch Mekas--called variously "Uncle Artcrust," "Uncle Fishhook" and sometimes "Old Uncle Oldie"--in the act of duplication." [description from FACETS catalog] Also includes Ron Vawter's performs portrayal of a classic Roy Cohn after-dinner speech for the Society for the Protection of the American Family. "An intense cinematic translation of a theatre piece in which actor Ron Vawter interprets the dual roles of Roy Cohn--the racist, reactionary prosecutor of the Joe McCarthy era and beyond who battled civil rights for homosexuals though he was homosexual himself--and Jack Smith, the open, avant-garde filmmaker/performanceartist of Flaming Creatures. 'These two men, who had nothing in common except their death from AIDS in the late '80s, are resurrected by Vawter and Godmilow in a constrast of stance, from which is born, little by little, a sensation of undoing, of sadness, of finitude' (La Stampa)." 1998. 90 min. Video/C 7682; Roy Cohn/Jack Smith also on DVD X3479

When Democracy Works.
A film examining the radical Right wing in the United States promoting grassroots resistance to the Right's agenda. It features case studies of political action on the Right: David Duke's campaigns for political office in Louisiana; the conservative drive to pass anti-gay Amendment 2 in Colorado and the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 and anti-affirmative action initiatives in California. 1996. 30 min. Video/C 6224

When Girls Do It.
This documentary reveals the human reality behind sexual abuse by women, the healing process for those who have survived abuse, and the need for treatment programs for female offenders. Powerful interviews with female sexual offenders and survivors of abuse, therapists, and psychologists reveal the devastating effects on the victims, acknowledge the enormity of such offenses and encourage victims to speak out against this under-reported crime. The documentary also delves into related issues including the long-held misconception that sexual abuse of children is exclusively a male crime. Produced, written, and directed by Glynis Whiting. 2001. 46 min. Video/C MM360

When I Knew
Inspired by the book of the same name by Robert Trachtenburg, more than 150 people in five cities were surveyed about the experience of realizing they were gay. In the resulting film, 16 interviewees--of different ages, sexes, and lifestyles--share their stories describing their own "when I knew" moment. Some experienced confusion and fear, but all have embraced their sexual orientation as essential to their personhood. Directed and produced by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato. 2007. 36 min. DVD X2951

Where Are We?: Our Trip Through America.
Two filmmakers take a trip to the American South in order to try and get a perspective about gay life in the South. For the most part, the individuals questioned reveal insular, even ignorant perspectives, that give a chilling view. It is also a film about ordinary people working, playing, and just getting by -- each pursuing a unique and sometimes startlingly original version of the American dream. Directed by Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. 1992. 75 min. DVD 2729

Who Happen to be Gay.
Six professionals discuss their decisions to lead openly gay lives and how this has affected their relationships with family, friends and colleagues. 1980. 23 min. Video/C 265

Wigstock, The Movie.
"What's big, tough, and wears size twelve pumps? Some of the drag queens in Wigstock: The Movie (Goldwyn), that's what. If you've never been down to the Greenwich Village piers on Labor Day weekend to witness the event called "Wigstock" in the flesh, then this documentary is for you. It is not necessary to cross-dress to enjoy this high-spirited look at big hair and heavy pancake. The wig-in emceed by the ever brassy Lady Bunny is celebrating its tenth anniversary and the movie, directed by Barry Shils, utilizes footage from Wigstock's past, but not forgotten. The event began in Tompkins Square Park, was then moved to Union Square Park, but just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. What else would you expect with all that teasing going on? Now ensconced at the foot of Christopher Street, Wigstock has found it's home. Making guest appearances are Mistress Formica, Deee-lite, the Duelling Bankheads, RuPaul and the dyvine Lypsinka." [from HBO website, Jim Byerley]1995. 82 min. Video/C 4173

Word is Out.
Interviews with 26 men and women of all ages and cultures who are members of America's gay communities. Executive producer, Peter Adair; producer, Nancy Adair; director, Andrew Brown. Camera, sound, interviewing, and editing by: Lucy Massie Phenix, Robert Epstein, Andrew Brown, Veronica Selver, Nancy Adair, Peter Adair. 1978. 130 min. DVD X2867 (restored); Video/C 2848

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Atwell, Lee. "Word Is Out and Gay U.S.A." Film Quarterly , Vol. 32, No. 2 (Winter, 1978-1979), pp. 50-57 UC users only
Epstein, Rob. "Word Is Out Stories of working together." Jump Cut, no. 24-25, March 1981, pp. 9-10
Waugh. "Walking on Tippy Toes: Lesbian and Gay Liberation Documentary of the Post Stonewall Period, 1969-84. In: Between the sheets, in the streets : queer, lesbian, and gay documentary / Chris Holmlund and Cynthia Fuchs, editors. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1997. (Main Stack P96.D622.U63 1997)

Women In Love: A Documentary About Lesbian Relationships.
A video autobiography that dares much and bares all, with intimate scenes of loving that range from friendship to marriage to brief encounters of the passionate kind. Among Karen's friends and lovers are Phyllis, a photographer who captures San Francisco's lesbian culture, Jackie and Shar, makers of erotic videos for women, Annika, Karen's ex who defends monogramy and Erin, Karen's lover who teachers her how to love men. Produced and directed by Karen Everett. 2005. 58 min. Video/C MM435

Women Like Us.
Sixteen lesbians, ranging in age from 50 to 80, from diverse backgrounds, tell about their experiences as gay women. Producers, Suzanne Neild, Rosalind Pearson. 1990. 49 min. Video/C 3356

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

GLBT Families and Marriage

Anyone and Everyone
Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences. Individuals from such diverse origins as Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee; as well as religions such as Mormon, Catholic, Hindus and others share intimate accounts of how their children revealed that they're homosexual and discuss their responses. The parents also talk about struggling with the pain their sons and daughters have dealt with, such as not being accepted by relatives and/or friends and being ostracized by religious congregations. Directed by Susan Polis Schutz. c2007. 57 min. DVD X4056

Because This is About Love: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian Marriage.
Various gay and lesbian couples who chose to publicly commit their love for one another in a wedding ceremony are interviewed. This program is devoted to these articulate couples who celebrate their bond solemnly.c1991. 28 min. Video/C 3305

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Chicks in White Satin.
Here comes the bride ... both of them! A student produced Academy Award winning film documenting the formal Jewish wedding of two California women, Heidi Stern and Deborah Ellis, and the reverberations among each of their families. A film by Elaine Holliman. 1993. 25 min. Video/C MM309

Daddy & Papa (Story About Gay Fathers in America)
A documentary exploring the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making the decision to raise children themselves. Through an examination of four gay male families, this documentary traces the critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives, the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood. Director/producer/writer, Johnny Symons. c2002. 57 min. DVD 1879

De Colores: Lesbian and Gay Latinos: Stories of Strength, Family and Love (Lesbianas y ays Latinos: historias de fuerza, familia y amor)
This documentary examines the struggles of Hispanic gays and lesbians coming out to their parents, especially in a culture that places value on "family tradition" above all else. Through interviews and commentaries, the stories of this largely ignored community are contrasted against similar experiences by Anglo-Americans. Directed by Peter Barbosa & Garrett Lanoir. 2001. 28 min. X3994; Video/C 8809

Family Fundamentals
Arthur Dong interviews families where religiously conservative Christian parents oppose homosexuality despite having homosexual children. The film's many highlights include a Christian conference advocating reparative therapy to cure homosexuality, heated Congressional and television debates, and a fundamentalist support group for parents of gay children. 2002. 75 min. DVD 4422

Family Matters.(Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology; 15)
The traditional or nuclear family of the 1950s and 1960s is what most of us think of when asked to define "family." But the idea that there is a typical family is perhaps little more than a myth. This lesson considers the diversity of family forms that exist today and cultural shifts that are changing the definition of "family." You will meet the Scott-Chung family and a lesbian couple who discuss their decision to start a family. 2005. 27 min. DVD 4811

Family Values.
An intensely personal film documentomg lesbian videomaker Pam Walton's attempt to reconcile with her long estranged father. It is also her search for what "family" means to her. Told in the form of a video diary, it shows how the longing for parental acceptance can never be extinguished. 56 min. c1996. Video/C 6745

First Comes Love
Wedding preparations and ceremonies of three heterosexual couples, interspersed with written statements on which countries do not allow homosexual marriage, and also the statement that in 1990 Denmark was the first country to legalize homosexual marriage. Uses no spoken words, but instead the words and songs of Janis Joplin, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and others. A film by by Su Friedrich. 1991. 22 min. Video/C 9084

The Gay Marriage Thing
Gayle and Lorre, college sweethearts in their thirties, wish to file for a marriage license in Massachusetts. The film attempts to capture the controversy and the wide range of political, religious and personal opinions about the subject of gay marriage in order to facilitate dialogue and discussion on the matter. 2005. 47 min. DVD 5396

Just Married: The Epic Battle Over Gay Marriage.
This even-handed documentary follows events in Massachusetts after the state supreme court ruled 4 to 3 in favor of allowing same sex marriage. The film follows Ellen Wade and Maureen Brodoff, both attorneys, through the filing of the original lawsuit to their historic wedding, supported along the way by gay and lesbian organizations. It also treats with respect the opposition, whose deeply held convictions mobilize them to political action. 2005. 58 min. DVD 4865

Filmakers Library catalog description

The Mormon Propo$ition: Equality for Some
Directed by Reed Cowan; co-directed by Steven Greenstreet. An indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 (amending the California Constitution to eliminate the marriage of same-sex couples), and the Mormon religion's decades-long campaign against gay rights. c2010. 80 min. DVD X4238

My Sister, My Bride
J. Farrell Cafferata and Caren Jenkins, partners for five years, wanted to officially celebrate their commitment like an other couple in love, so when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses in October 2002, Farrell and Caren came to San Francisco City Hall to be married in a civil ceremony. Together with thousands of other hopeful couples, they participated in what has become a defining moment for gay rights. 2004. 26 min. DVD 2916

Not All Parents Are Straight.
Using at-home scenes, background family photographs, scenes from support group rap sessions, and interviews, examines the dynamics of the parent-child relationship within six different families where one or both parents is gay. Explores emotional conflicts within the families, legal custody problems, and the social discrimination which these families face. 1987. 58 min. Video/C MM581

Off and Running: An American Coming of Age Story
Documentary about a Brooklyn teen-aged girl, raised by two Jewish mothers and with two adopted brothers, who searches for information about her African-American birth mother. Her complex exploration of race, identity, and family begins to lead the teen into trouble in her personal life, threatening a promising career as a track and field athlete. She eventually picks up the pieces of her life, leading to inspiring results. Directed, produced and sound recorded by Nicole Opper. 2009. 76 min. DVD X5013

One Wedding and a ... Revolution.
On February 12, 2004, the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, instructed city and county officials to allow lesbian and gay couples to marry. Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, founders of the first lesbian-rights organization and celebrating their 51st anniversary, were invited to be the first couple married. A film by Debra Chasnoff and Kate Stilley. 2004. 19 min. DVD 3192

Pursuit of Equality: The Unfinished Work of American Freedom
A documentary about San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in 2001 and the social and legal ramifications that unfolded. Directed by Geoff Callan & Mike Shaw. c2007. 79 min. DVD X5402

Our House: A Very Real Documentary About Kids of Gay and Lesbian Parents.
A profile of children from five families from New York, Arkansas, Arizona, and New Jersey who describe their experiences of living in households led by gay and lesbian parents and the various reactions from extended family members, classmates, teachers, neighbors and public officials. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 8022

Saints & Sinners
As America struggles with the issue of gay and lesbian unions, this documentary explores the social, political, and religious aspects of same-sex marriage and examines its effect on American society. Special features: "Legally married" featurette; director interview; theatrical trailer. Directed by Abigail Honor. 2003. 71 min. DVD X1104

Straight From the Heart.
Parents of gay children and gay individuals discuss the attitudes and responses of family members and others toward their sexual orientation. 1994. 24 min. Video/C 4074

Tell the Children.
A story about four gay fathers and their relationships with wives, children and lovers. 1984?. 15 min. Video/C 715

That's a Family!
This fresh look at the changing American family breaks new ground and lets children lead the way in preventing prejudice and embracing diversity. Here American children describe their own families and explain concepts like "birth mom", "mixed race", "gay and lesbian", and "stepdad." c2000. 35 min. Video/C 8373

Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family
A documentary look at the structure of a polyandric family in New York consisting of two originally homosexual men and one woman. Explores their unique relationships as they negotiate their living arrangements, have children and open one of the hottest wellness centers in New York City. With amazingly candid discussions about love, sex and partnership, the "trio" reveals every aspect of their lives. Produced and directed by Susan Kaplan. 2004. 97 min. DVD 6732

The Trials of Jimmy Creech.
Rev. Mel White of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches interviews Jimmy Creech, who was removed from his pulpit in Omaha, Nebraska by the Methodist Church for preaching the Biblical validity of same-sex marriages between gay and lesbian couples. [199-?] 28 min. Video/C 7013

Tying the Knot.
Documentary on same-sex marriage which provides a historical and legal perspective. Contains archival footage, news clips, and interviews. Examines the institution of marriage today and how it has changed through history. Explores rights, privilege and love as gay activists and right-wing politicians lock horns in the fight for marriage. A film by Jim de Sève. Special features: Optional audio commentary by de Sève with activist Evan Wolfson; post-screening Q&A session at the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival with de Sève; "Same Sex Marriage" panel discussion from NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival; Boston outtakes; Sam & Mickie update; theatrical trailer; filmmaker bios (de Sève & Tjong). 2004. 82 min. DVD X4019; Video/C MM450

We Are Family.
Takes a look at what life is really like in homosexual families, with the focus on parenting and the well being of the children. 1987. 57 min. Video/C 3310

Homophobia / Violence Against GLBT People

Beyond Hatred (Au dela de la haine)
Examines the events behind the violent death in Rheims, France of Francois Chenu, a young gay man who was murdered by 3 homophobic skinheads in 2002. The film follows the lengthy trial of the accused killers, and offers a moving firsthand account of the complex emotional response of the victim's family. In so doing, it explores the social and psychological roots of homophobia and similar hate crimes as well as demonstrating the emotional maturity that enables the rare human quality of forgiveness. Director, Olivier Meyrou. 2006. 86 min. DVD 8647

Bright Eyes.
This production explores attitudes toward homosexuality in three parts: one, the early scientific view of homosexuality as a disease; two, the pre-World War II view (especially in Germany) of homosexuality as a crime; and three, current attitudes, complicated by the spread of AIDS. 1985?. Dist.: Video Data Bank. 85 min. Video/C 3286

Gever, Martha. "Pictures of Sickness: Stuart Marshall's Bright Eyes." In: Queer Looks: Perspectives on lesbian and Gay Film and Video / editors Martha Gever, Pratibha Parmar, John Greyson. pp: 186-203. New York: Routledge, 1993.(Main Stack PN1995.9.H55.Q4 1993; Moffitt PN1995.9.H55.Q4 1993)

Congressional Briefing on Homosexuals in the Military with Major Melissa Wells-Petry.
U.S. Army attorney, Major Wells-Petry, discusses the homosexual exclusion policy of the armed services and the legal, social, medical and philosophical basis for that policy. 1993. 60 min. Video/C 3283

Dear Jesse.
Gay North Carolina filmmaker Tim Kirkman's open letter to his senator, Jesse Helms whom he criticizes for his anti-homosexual policies. Also includes footage of an interview with Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was murdered, a victim of a hate crime. Writer/director, Tim Kirkman. Originally produced in 1998. 83 min. Video/C 7185

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Desire.
Director Stuart Marshall chronicles the imprisonment of homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Also examines the "discovery" of homosexuality by the medical and psychoanalytic professions in the 1890's, and the subsequent movements in Germany during the early years of this century demanding recognition of gay and lesbian rights.c1992. 88 min. Video/C 3313

Faith & Politics: The Christian Right.
Film reviews the goals, political aspirations and successes of the traditional, family-oriented Christian Right political movement. Examines their organizations and their views on such issues as abortion, homosexuality, creationisn, freedom of speech, school curriculum, home schooling and political activism. 1995. 47 min. Video/C 4013

Fall From Grace.
The surreal and shocking world of the controversial cult leader Reverend Fred Phelps and his hate group. The group has staged over 22,000 picket demonstrations at locations ranging from college campuses to funerals for American soldiers, enraging many with slogans such as "Thank God for 9/11," "You're going to hell," and "God hates fags." Includes interviews and rare Phelps footage and allows viewers to reexamine the quintessentially American right of free speech. Directed, produced by K. Ryan Jones. 2008. 87 min. DVD X5374

The Gay Agenda: The Report.
A slick documentary style piece produced by a right-wing fundamen-talist Christian group which shows doctors, scholars and recovered gay men talking about the "ills of gay life." 1993. 20 min. Video/C 3281

Gay Rights- Special Rights: Inside the Homosexual Agenda.
An expose by the Southern Baptist Convention concerning the perceived threat of the Gay Rights Movement to moral values and civil liberties of American citizens. Includes testimonies by gays and lesbians who have repudiated the gay cause to become Christians. c1993. 35 min. Video/C 2729

Hell House
Just outside of Dallas, Texas a violent haunted house is serving as the pulpit for a modern-day fire and brimstone sermon. Taking the viewer behind the scenes, this documentary examines why this small town church has resorted to such graphic means of saving souls. These houses don't rely on goblins, but instead they recreate scenes that graphically depict such modern-day evils as botched abortions, AIDS-related deaths, fatal drunk driving crashes, date rapes and drug-induced suicides. Special features: The Devil made me do it, George Ratliff's 1999 documentary short, the basis for Hell House; This American life public radio broadcast about Hell House, hosted by Ira Glass; Trinity Church's "Academy Awards" ceremony. Directed by George Ratliff. c2003. 86 min. DVD 1774

Stuart, Jan. "Bigotry and brimstone: a new documentary takes us inside Hell House, a Halloween creep show designed to scare kids away from "sins" like homosexuality." The Advocate July 23, 2002 p61(1) (580 words) UC Berkeley users only

Homophobia in the Media and Society: One Life to Live and Beyond.
A panel discussion sponsored by MIT Libraries and Women's Studies, April 1993. 90 min. Video/C 2718

Kamikaze Summer
In this documentary, a gay man and a lesbian leave the sanctuary of San Francisco's Castro District to explore the Heartland, or, more appropriately, the Hateland. 1996. 60 min. Video/C 4692

Licensed to Kill.
A film by Arthur Dong. A riveting journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Videotaped confessions, home and police videos of gay bashings and murder scenes, news reports and graphic evidence from police files are fused together with interviews by the filmaker with seven convicted killers. 1997. 80 min. DVD 4421; also VHS Video/C 4956

The Matthew Shepard Story: Secrets of a Murder
Six years ago, on a cold October night on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo., 21-year-old gay college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead. He was found 18 hours later and rushed to the hospital, where he lingered on the edge of death for nearly five days before succumbing to his injuries. The story garnered national attention when the attack was characterized as a hate crime. But Shepard's killers, in their first interview since their convictions, claim that money and drugs motivated their actions that night, not hatred of gays. Originally broadcast on the ABC network as an episode of 20/20 on Nov. 26, 2004. 41 min. DVD X2103

The Mormon Propo$ition: Equality for Some
Directed by Reed Cowan; co-directed by Steven Greenstreet. An indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California's Proposition 8 (amending the California Constitution to eliminate the marriage of same-sex couples), and the Mormon religion's decades-long campaign against gay rights. c2010. 80 min. DVD X4238

One Nation Under God.
A chronicle of attempts by "ex-gay ministries" and other fundamentalist religious ordganizations to "cure" homosexuality. Video/C 3311

Out for a Change: Addressing Homophobia in Women's Sports.
Addresses the issues of women in sports, homophobia in sports, the common assumption that all female athletes and female coaches are lesbians and the discrimination attached to those assumptions. 1994. 29 min. Video/C 5517

Out in Silence
Filmmaker Joe Wilson returns to his hometown of Oil City, Pa., after the appearance of his same-sex wedding announcement in his small hometown newspaper causes controversy, and he receives a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen who is being tormented in school. Wilson's journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it. Directed by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer. 2009. 56 min. DVD X4242

Outrage
An indictment of closeted politicians who lobby for anti-gay legislation while leading secret lives, the double standards the media sets for these politicians, and the harm inflicted. Includes analysis from Congressman Barney Frank, former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, activist Larry Kramer, and others. Written and directed by Kirby Dick. Special features: Commentary with Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering, deleted scenes, Rodger McFarlane tribute, Tribeca Film Festival panel Q & A, director Q & A at Washington, D.C. screening. 2009. 89 min. DVD X2783

Paragraph 175
Historian Klaus Muller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, many of whom were interred in concentration camps during World War II because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175, which states: An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed. Produced and directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman. 2000. 81 min. Video/C 8549

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Seifert, Dorthe. "Between Silence and License: The Representation of the National Socialist Persecution 0f Homosexuality in Anglo-American Fiction and Film." History & Memory 2003 15(2): 94-129 36p.UC users only

The People vs. Dan White
A re-enactment of events surrounding the trial of Dan White, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who killed San Francisco mayor, George Moscone and supervisor, Harvey Milk, on November 27, 1978. Charged with first degree murder, White was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter. 1983. 92 min. Video/C 3798

Pink Triangles: A Study of Prejudice Against Lesbians and Gay Men.
Experimental film of nonverbal communication between two gay men as they sit at a kitchen table. 1990. 11 min. Video/C 3257

Description from Cambridge Documentary catalog

Plates.
A film by Gary Goldberg. Takes a look at the nature of discrimination against lesbians and gay men and challenges some of society's attitudes toward homosexuality. c1982. 35 min. Video/C 445

Prejudice: More Than Black & White
Muslims, blacks, gays, people with disabilities, and immigrants of every ethnicity and color: they and many other groups have stood in the spotlight glare of intolerance, easy targets for every sort of discrimination and violence. What makes people prone to irrational hate, and what steps can individuals and society take to eradicate it? In this program, psychology professors Susan Fiske and Mahzarin Banaji share their insights and experiences. A pro-gay Baptist minister who formerly took a biblical stance against homosexuality and an ex-imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now speaks out for tolerance also offer their views. Contents: Defining prejudice -- Religious & ethnic prejudice -- Prejudice : a brief history -- The Roots of prejudice -- Implicit prejudice : taking the test -- Embracing tolerance : a case study -- Creating change : a reason of hope. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. DVD X5136

The Rhetoric of Intolerance: An Open-Letter Video to Pat Robertson, Founder/Chairman of the Board, The 700 Club ... from Dr. Mel White, Minister of Justice, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches ...
Rev. Mel White examines statements about homosexuality and other topics made by Pat Robertson during broadcasts of the television program "The 700 Club". Includes excerpts from that program showing Robertson speaking out against separation of Church and state, non-Christian influences in the United States, and homosexuality, and Dr. White's response to his accusations and implications. 1996? 30 min. Video/C 7011

Scout's Honor
In June of 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America can exclude gays from their membership. This documentary examines the Boy Scouts' policy against gays in the organization, focusing on Steve Cozza, boy scout and activist against the policy. It also relates the stories of others removed from the Boy Scout organization for being gay or for working to have the policy eliminated. A film by Tom Shepard. 2001. 60 min. Video/C 8275

This Way Out.
In Brazil, between 1980-1999, a homosexual was murdered on average every 3 days. In Kenya, homosexuality is criminal, punishable up to 14 years in prison. In Pakistan, homosexuality is punishable by long prison terms, or under Islamic law, up to 100 lashes or death by stoning. More than 85 countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America currently have laws prohibiting homosexuality. Approximately 12 countries offer asylum based on grounds of sexual orientation, the United States is one of them. This documentary follows the lives of two gay men and one lesbian who have come to the United States seeking asylum. Written and directed by Jill Burnett. 2004. 32 min. Video/C MM964

Training Rules: No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians
A look at how homophobia among women's college sports destroyed the dreams and careers of some of the country's top athletes. Follows Penn State women's basketball champ Jennifer Harris as she takes on the institutionalized homophobia of coach Rene Portland. Bonus features: Interviews with college and pro athletes from a range of sports, theatrical trailer, NCLR featurette. Directed by Dee Mosbacher & Fawn Yacker. 2009. 60 min. DVD X3593

GLBT People of Color

The Aggressives
Features intimate interviews with 6 transgendered lesbians (5 African American, 1 Asian) living in New York City who define themselves as "aggressives." They exhibit masculine appearances and behaviors, but do not aspire to be men. Shows their daily lives and their participation in the underground lesbian "ball" scene, where cross-dressers compete for trophies. Directed and produced by Daniel Peddle. 2005. 73 min. DVD X6805

Anthem and Affirmations: Two Short Films by Marlon T. Riggs
Anthem: "Marlon Riggs' experimental music video politicizes the homoeroticism of African-American men. With images--sensual, sexual and defiant--and words intended to provoke, Anthem reasserts the 'self-evident right' to life and liberty in an era of pervasive anti-gay, anti-Black backlash and hysterical cultural repression." Affirmations: "An exploration of Black gay male desires and dreams. Affirmations starts with an affectionate, humorous confessional and moves on to a wish for empowerment and incorporation." Anthem / Signifyin' Works (1991, 9 min.) -- Affirmations (1990, 10 min.) DVD X4025

Marlon Riggs bibliography

Black Hair and Black-eyed
A film by Julie Whang.From what sources does a young Korean-American lesbian draw her sense of identity? From her mother, from fashion magazines, from the boy she dances with, or the girl she sleeps with, or her own barren apartment? Dist.: Frameline. 1994. 9 min. Video/C 5215

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
One of the first "freedom riders," an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, organizer of the March on Washington, intelligent, gregarious and charismatic, Bayard Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason -- he was also gay. This is a film biography of his life. Produced and directed by Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer. 2002. 84 min.DVD X4571; Video/C 9386

Awards
ALA Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults

San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Documentary

Description from California Newsreel catalog
Information from the Bayard Rustin Film Project

Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen
Carmelita Tropicana, a lesbian Latina performance artist who supports herself as a building super on New York's Lower East Side, winds up in jail with three other women after a protest at an abortion clinic. Humorous monologues and campy production numbers ensue. Performers: Carmelita Tropicana, Annie Iobst, Sophia Ramos, Livia Daza Paris. A film by Ala Troyano. 1994. 28 min. DVD X1729; Video/C 8354

Cut Sleeve: Lesbians & Gays of Asian/Pacific Ancestry.
Gay and lesbian individuals from Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds discuss their attitudes and experiences as homosexuals. 1991. 24 min. Video/C 3101

A Different Kind of Black Man: On Being Gay...
Interviews with successful, black gay men about their ideas and feelings on such issues as sexuality, masculinity and their perception of and their role within the black community. 2001. 19 min. Video/C 8145

Dirty Laundry: A History of Heroes
A history of Chinese who immigrated to Canada and of gay Chinese Canadians. 1996. 31 min. Video/C 4428

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde
Documents black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde's (1934-92) social vision, using footage from the four-day conference: I am your sister: forging global connections across differences, held in Boston in 1990. At the conference 1,200 men, women and young people from 23 countries examined the issues of the relations between race, class, gender and sexuality through Lorde's work. Interviews with the organizers of the conference are intercut with conference footage, including performances, controversies and speeches. Producer, director, writer, Jennifer Abod. 2000. 59 min. DVD 7917

Women Make Movies catalog description

Fated to Be Queer.
Four charming Filipino men illuminate some of their issues and concerns as gay people of color in the San Francisco Bay Area. Producer/director, Godfrey Reggio. 1992. 25 min. Video/C 3256

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Gender Me: Homosexuality in the World of Islam
Filmed in Istanbul and Oslo, this documentary by Turkish/Norwegian filmmaker Nefise Özkal Lorentzen openly explores what it is like to be both gay and Muslim. Through the interrelated stories of a gay rights activist, a gay imam, drag artists, and others, the documentary gently denounces homophobia in general, encourages discourse and engagement within Islam as a positive societal approach to coming to terms with sexual otherness, and seeks to advance a loving appreciation of the oneness of all humankind. c2008. 52 min. DVD X2410

Hijos del silencio (Sons of Silence)
Documents the cultural silences that affect safe sex practices of young gay Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes interviews with young gay men about their families, coming out and sex. 2001. 36 min. Video/C 9141

Honored by the Moon.
Native American lesbians and gay men talk about their lives, speaking of the unique historical and spiritual role of gays and lesbians in pre-Western Indian culture, and of the sacredness associated with being lesbian or gay and having the special power as "connectors" in bridging the worlds of male and female. 1990. 15 min. Video/C 3307

ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

How Do I Look?
A documentary capturing the Harlem "Ball" traditions that originated in the 70's, an historically off shot from the Harlem "Drag Balls" from the 20's. Because of the loss of hundreds of members of the "Ball" community to the HIV epidemic, this film records an important aspect of the history and legacy of the event. Focuses primarily on the icon and legends Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Tracy Africa, Kevin Omni and Octavia St. Laurent, who took their talents outside the "Ball" community successfully and opened many doors for their community. Produced and directed by Wolfgang Busch. c2006. 80 min. DVD 9282

I Got This Way from Eating Rice
Three films by Nguyen Tan Hoang dealing with the intersection of the Asian American race and homosexuality. 7 Steps to Sticky Heaven (1995, 24 min.): A documentary of interviews with a group of young gay Asian men in San Francisco on a range of subjects. Forever Jimmy! (1995, 6 min.): As a reaction to the lack of sexy Asian men in U.S. media, the film inserts Asian male pop stars into films in a barrage of seductive, fast edits and pornographic intertitles. Maybe Never (But I'm Counting the Days) (1996, 15 min.): Presents a multitude of narratives about the changing nature of sexual fantasy and activity in the age of AIDS. c1999. 45 min. Video/C 7934

I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs.
A film biography of Marlon Riggs, the gifted, gay, black filmmaker who produced documentary films addressing issues of identity among Afro-Americans and gays. Clips from his films show how he evolved a unique experimental documentary style, mixing poetry, criticism, the personal and the political. It also documents his long battle against AIDS until his death in 1994 and includes interviews with family, friends, and co-workers. 1996. 58 min. DVD X1410; vhs Video/C 4463

Marlon Riggs bibliography

Description from California Newsreel catalog

Interview with Marlon Riggs from JumpCut Magazine

I'll Love You When You're More Like Me: Selected Videos (1996-2000)
Four films by Nguyen Tan Hoang exploring queer Asian American's engagement with popular culture. Forever Linda! (1996, 12 min.): Presents a series of daydreams of a queer Asian American teenager centering around the figure of supermodel Linda Evangelista. Cover Girl, a Gift from God (2000, 18 min.): Profiles Dalena, a blond, blue-eyed American singer who is a Vietnamese American pop star. The focus is on her reception by Vietnamese-American fans who through her music, seek to preserve a memory of what it means to be Vietnamese while living in America. Crimson (2000, 4 min.): Portrays the feeling of sadness when one loses a friend and object of love through a change in gender. The Calling (2000, 8 min.): Employing a collage of clips from classic priest movies, this film takes a look at Asian American men who are pushed by parents to become clergy. c2000. 42 min. Video/C 7935

Jagadamba: Mother of the Universe
Tells the story of a queer transracial adoptee and her healing journey through music. Amber Field was born in Korea in 1975 and adopted by a white American woman. Through her stories and powerful music, she shows that transforming family relations is possible. Written, produced and directed by Amber Field. 10 min. DVD X2131

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket.
Presents a look at author James Baldwin's life as reflected in his own words and reminiscences of family and friends. 1989. 87 min. Video/C 1185

Janine
Directed by Cheryl Dunye. The story of a black lesbian's relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl. 1990. 9 min. DVD X2485

Just a Love Thang.
Three sensual vignettes portraying aspects of Asian Pacific lesbian lifestyles and concerns. Written, produced and directed by Mari Keiko Gonzalez. 1994. 7 min. Video/C 3750

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Just As We Are (Tal como somos)
Latino culture is celebrated for it's rich tradition, close-knit families, and strong faith, but being Latino and gay, bisexual, or transgender is often seen as unforgivable. This documentary examines the lives of six Latino GBT men and women, focusing on their relationships with their families as well as their culture, religion, and professional lives. Based on the book "Campaneros" by Jesus Ramirez-Valles. Directed and produced by Judith McCray. 2008. 33 min. DVD X14

Khush.
Interviews with South Asian lesbians and gay men in Britain, North America and India concerning the intricacies of being queer and of color. A film by Pratibha Parmar. 1991. 24 min. DVD X6716; Video/C 4932

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

"Identities, Passions and Commitments: An interview with the British Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar." LOLA press: International Feminist Journal 04-30-2000 N.12 p. 36 UCB users only

Khush Refugees
The film focuses on San Francisco's gay community where two exiles, Rahul, an immigrant from India, and Dante, an ex-marine from suburban Ohio, try to assimilate in this new foreign culture. 1991. 32 min. Video/C 3822

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde, poet and lesbian-feminist talks about being lesbian and black in New York in the 1950s and her social/political activity. Includes conversations and readings by Lorde and comments by other writers and family members. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 5667

Awards
American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Looking for Langston: A Meditation on Langston Hughes (1902-1907) and the Harlem Renaissance.
A tribute to Langston Hughes, this film attempts to reclaim him as an important black gay voice in American culture. Writer and director, Isaac Julien. With the poetry of Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent (1906-1987). A film by Isaac Julien.

"A visual tour-de-force, "Looking for Langston" is a beautiful and lyrical meditation of black and white gay identities. Using the life and work of Langston Hughes during the jazz/blues infused Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's, the film weaves together the poetry of Hughes and Essex Hempill, music, sylized dramatic sequences and archival material in a celebration of gay desire and a testament to contemporary society's attempt to shatter multiple identitites." [from Third World Newsreel (distributor) catalog] Extras: Full commentary with Isaac Julien and Nina Kellgren (film's director of photography); short film "Portrait in blue: Essex Hemphill" (Isaac Julien, 2005); "First and last words: Essex Hemphill and Larry Duckette in conversation," audio recording of 1990 radio program; photo gallery. 1992. 45 min. DVD 8495; vhs Video/C 2911

Awards
Berlin International Film Festival - Best Short Film

The Love Thang Trilogy: Just a Love Thang, Skydyking and Eating Mango.
These three sensual four-minute vignettes portray aspects of Asian American lesbian lifestyles and concerns...including that difficult letter to mom. Positive, political, educational and uplifting, this pioneering work makes visible a "sisterhood" often grossly stereotyped if not simply overlooked. 1994. 7 min. Video/C 3750

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Maybe Never (But I'm Counting the Days)
Maybe Never... is a tape about growing up queer and colored in the age of AIDS. A series of "I've never..." voice-overs articulate regrets, loss, longing, and desire for an (imagined) bygone time of romantic bliss and sexual plentitude. A film by Nguyen Tan Hoang 1996. 15 min. DVD 5122

Mexican Refugee
Five stories, told by LGBT Mexican refugees in Canada, reveal their struggle for social justice and attempts to humanize the lives of refugees. The film also shows the difficulties refugees face from government policies. Directed by Alex Flores. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 37 min. DVD X3733

Milind Soman Made Me Gay
A conceptual documentary about desire and notions of 'home' and 'belonging'. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker's past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life 'back home,' are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an on-going struggle to find a place of belonging. Written, directed and produced by Harjant Gill. 2007. 27 min. DVD 9294

Non Je Ne Regrette Rien.
Through music, poetry and quiet, at times, chilling self-disclosure, five sero-positive black gay men speak of their individual confrontation with AIDS, illuminating the difficult journey black men throughout America make in coping with the personal and social devastation of the epidemic. From panic, resignation and silence to the discovery of the redemptive, healing power in being vocal and visible as HIV-positive black gay men, each tells a singular and at the same time familiar story of self-transformation - a story in which a once shameful, unmentionable 'affliction' is forged into a tool of personal and communal empowerment. A film by Marlon Riggs. 1992. 38 min. DVD X4024; Video/C 2646

Marlon Riggs bibliography

Interview with Marlon Riggs from JumpCut Magazine

Not a Simple Story [Out in Silence].
Presents two stories of Asian Pacific Americans, gay and straight, male and female who have gone public about being HIV positive. c1994. 37 min. Video/C 3749

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Orientations.
Directed by Richard Fung, looks at gay Asians in Toronto, Canada. More than a dozen gay men and lesbian women of different Asian backgrounds speak frankly about their lives as members of a minority within a minority. This group's commitment and outspokenness challenge the stereotype of passive Asians. 199?. 56 min. Video/C 3757

Our House: Lesbians and Gays in the Hood.
A hard-hitting and highly informative look at issues, activism and discrimination in the U.S. from the view points of lesbians and gay men of color. 199?. 60 min. Video/C 3312

"Up front, in your face, hard-hitting interviews with Black Gays and Lesbians provides an uncompromising look at homophobia, racism, alienation and empowerment for Queer African Americans. This riveting documentary gives voice to the multiple identities of gay, women, Black, and the strength inherit in their unity. A new perspective on what is "Black Enough," this video powerfully contextualized gay and lesbian identity within the African American experience." [from Third World Newsreel (distributor) catalog]

Out in Silence / Not a Simple Story
Presents two stories of Asian Pacific Americans, gay and straight, male and female who have gone public about being HIV positive. c1994. 37 min. Video/C 3749

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Queer Latin @ Academics, Arts, and Activisms
Showcases the latest local and national academic, artistic, and activist endeavors by queer latinas. Sponsors: Gender Equity Resource Center, The UC Berkeley Student Opportunity Fund, Chicano/Latino Student Development office, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, The Ethnic Studies Department. Held on "October 13, 2011 at the Multicultural Community Center at the University of California at Berkeley. 18 min. DVD X7304

Relocations.
In this exploration of race, gender and sexuality from an Asian American perspective, Japanese American poet David Mura performs four pieces. In scene one, Mura tells the story of this grandfather who immigrated to America, was interned during WWII and later returned to live in Japan. In scene two, Mura portrays a gay Japanese American. In scene three, he relates the eyewitness account of the brutal murder of a Chinese American, Vincent Chin, in Detroit. And in scene four, Mura argues with his video double on whether racism affected his sexuality as a teenager. 1991. 15 min. Video/C 3815

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog

Sambal Belacan in San Francisco
Documentary portrays three first-generation Asian lesbians (originally from Singapore) grappling with making a home in America. Produced, directed, written, photographed, edited by Madeleine Lim. c1997. 25 min. Video/C MM1198

She Don't Fade.
Shae Clark, played by director Cheryl Dunye, is a black lesbian who is gossipy about her sexuality and her new approach to women. c1991. 24 min. DVD X2485; Video/C 3287

There is No Name for This (Lian zhe wu ming)
Community-wide discussion was sparked when the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance & Asian Pacific Sisters marched in San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade. This film incorporates this event and over two dozen interviews to examine the private and public repercussions as Chinese and Chinese American lesbians, gays, and bisexuals come out across cultural and language barriers. Produced and directed by Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Cianna Pamintuan Stewart, and Jessica Yu. c1997. 49 min. Video/C MM1109

Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women
This tribute profiles the jazz trumpeter Ernestine"Tiny" Davis, and her lesbian partner of 40 years, drummer Ruby Lucas (aka Renee Phelan). Includes interviews with Tiny and Ruby in their Chicago home, archival material, lively musical performances, and narration by poet Cheryl Clarke. A film by Greta Schiller. c1988. 28 min. Video/C 4073

Eaklor, Vicki L. "Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women." Review. The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 4. (Oct., 1990), pp. 1146-1147.

Description from Center for Asian American Media catalog description
Toc Storee
Film uses a storytelling format to explore issues of sexuality, tradition and identity in Asian gay contexts. 1992. 22 min. Video/C 3811

Tongues Untied.
A Film by Marlon Riggs. Derogatory accusations, judgments, and jokes in our culture are met head-on by this video about black, male, and gay identity. Poetry, personal testimony, and drama unite to oppose the homophobia and racism that attempt to split a person into opposing loyalties. Dist.: Frameline. 1989. 55 min. DVD 7217; vhs Video/C 1783

Tongzhi in Love
Explores the lives of gay men in China and the pressures they face because they are expected to produce children to carry on their family's name. Directed by Ruby Yang. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2008. DVD X2110

I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs. Video/C 4463

Two-spirit People: The Berdache Tradition in Native American Culture
Examines the concepts of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation in Native American cultures, focusing on the tradition of berdaches. Directed, and edited by Michel Beauchemin, Lori Levy, Gretchen Vogel. Dist.: Frameline. 1991. 20 min. Video/C MM1207

Two Spirits
Examines the role of two-spirit people in the Navajo culture in the context of the story of a gay youth named Fred Martinez. Martinez was a n?adleeh?i or a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, who was murdered in a hate crime at the age of sixteen. Discusses the traditional Native American perspective on gender and sexuality and the need for a balanced interrelationship between the feminine and masculine. Directed by Lydia Nibley. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2009. 62 min. DVD X3242

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

We Got Moves You Ain't Even Heard Of (Part One)
Directed by Erica Cho and Clover Paek. Cast: Clover Paek, Ji Sung Kim, Audrey Luke, Lynne Chan. Obsessed with 80's teen heartthrob Ralph Macchio (aka The Karate Kid), a gay Young Korean American takes a journey into Macchio's pin-up androgyny and Hollywood's all-American underdog fantasies. An experimental film commenting on sexual identity, butch/femme rolls, and Hollywood's orientalism. 1999. 11 min. Video/C MM1017

GLBT People Outside the US

Banlieue Gay
Emir, Mikael, Brahim and Julia discuss the challenges and vexations experienced by gays and lesbians living in Paris. In French without English subtitles. 2005. 54 min. DVD X2289

Bolo Bolo.
Through interviews, interspersed with images of gay sexual encounters, film explores responses to the AIDS crisis by members of the South Asian community of Toronto, Canada. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 3829

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Butterflies on the Scaffold (Mariposas en el andamio)
A documentary examining the issues gays and transvestites face in the context of evolving attitudes towards homosexuality in Cuba. It is a highly unusual look at how a group of working class drag queens in a Havana suburb have become an integral part of their neighborhood. A film by Margaret Gilpin and Luis Felipe Bernaza. 1995. 74 min. Video/5461

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World.
Explores the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-Western cultures, where most occurrences of oppression receive no media coverage at all. 2005. 60 min. DVD 4789

Dirty Laundry: A History of Heroes
A history of Chinese who immigrated to Canada and of gay Chinese Canadians. 1996. 31 min. Video/C 4428

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Dream Girls
Each year thousands of Japanese girls apply to enter the highly disciplined school for the Takarazuka Revue, the incredibly successful musical theater company where women play both male and female roles. This documentary presents a compelling look at this company and phenomenon, and a study on the interplay of gender and sexual identity in Japan today. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams. 1994. 50 min. DVD X6688; Video/C 7630

Women Make Movies catalog description

Gay Cuba.
A look at homosexuality in Cuba, featuring interviews with lesbians and gays. A project of the Felix Varela Center of Cuba. Directed by Sonja de Vries. 1995. 57 min. Video/C 4418

Merrett, Jim. "Growing up Gay in Castro's Cuba: Exile Raul Ferrera-Balanquet Discovers Himself in his Videos." Advocate, n579 (June 18, 1991):68 (2 pages).
Morris, Gary. "Gay Cuba: Beating the Bully" Bright Lights Journal September 1996 | Issue 17

Geja Poeto: Mother Hoshang.
A film about the non-conformist poet, teacher and gay activist Hoshang Merchant, that not only addresses issues on sex but also tries to demystify what it is like to be gay in India. A film by Kathy Maloney. 2004. 26 min. DVD 3668

A Jihad for love
First feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality ... The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. Always filming in secret and as a Muslim, filmmaker Parvez Sharma makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film's characters show for it. Special features (interviews and featurettes): Parvez [Sharma] uncut, Muslim talk show, Traveling "love jihadis," More of Mushin, Tahir's Pakistan, Trans in Turkey, An American Muslim. Director, Parvez Sharma. 2007. 81 min. DVD X4791

Juchitan Queer Paradise
Presents a portrait of Juchitan, a small Mexican city near the Guatemalan border where homosexuality is fully accepted. The film profiles three gay people: a teacher, a hairdresser and a shop owner. The society is also unique as the population of Zapotec Indians resist the homogeneous trends of globalization. While Indian languages are endangered everywhere else in the world, in Juchitan, the Zapotec language is spoken proudly at home, at municipal meetings, in poetry, song and theatre. A film by Patricio Henriquez. 2002. 64 min. Video/C 9822

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Looking for a Space: Lesbians & Gay Men in Cuba.
A documentary film examining the treatment of lesbians and gay men during the early years of the Cuban Revolution and perspectives of current residents of Cuba on questions of political ideology and sexual identity. Dialogue in Spanish with English subtitles. Producer/director, Kelly Anderson. 1993. 38 min. DVD X3202; Video/C 3592

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Mexican Refugee
Five stories, told by LGBT Mexican refugees in Canada, reveal their struggle for social justice and attempts to humanize the lives of refugees. The film also shows the difficulties refugees face from government policies. Directed by Alex Flores. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 37 min. DVD X3733

Mujeria: Primitive and Proud
An historical survey of Olmec women, including still photographs of Olmec antiquities, and the significant role of lesbianism among Olmec women then and now. 1992. 20 min. Video/C 7750

Orientations.
Directed by Richard Fung, looks at gay Asians in Toronto, Canada. More than a dozen gay men and lesbian women of different Asian backgrounds speak frankly about their lives as members of a minority within a minority. This group's commitment and outspokenness challenge the stereotype of passive Asians. 199?. 56 min. Video/C 3757

Out in South Africa
A look at the social and political conditions for gay and lesbian people in present-day South Africa. Features interviews and historical background on the country's transformation into an open society for gay people. Directed, and edited by Barbara Hammer. c1994. 51 min. Video/C 9133

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Piku if fine (Piku bhalo aachhey)
A docu-drama revolving around the struggles and feelings of Piku, a gay man living in Calcutta. The film focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and attempts to break down conventional constructs of normality and abnormality. Story, script & direction, Tirthankar Guha Thakurata. 2004. 50 min. DVD 7382

Sunflowers.
An exploration of the sexual identity of a group of gay men in a rural Philippine village, who perform in drag as The Sunflowers during the town's annual Christian festival. The Sunflowers discuss their childhoods, coming out issues, and their relationships with "straight" men in the community. Written, produced, directed and narrated by Shawn Hainsworth. 50 min. c1997. Video/C MM770

Two to Tango: Gay Argentina
Buenos Aires is in the heart of a country where 80% of the people are Catholic and the culture of machismo is still rife. Now the Argentine capital is leading the push in Latin America for gay rights. This film introduces Esteban Hubner and Leonardo Gorosito, who are are getting married in a civil ceremony. The introduction of such civil unions has met with opposition from the Church. 2005. 17 min. DVD 5932

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Woubi Chéri. (France | Ivory Coast, 1998)
Directors: Laurent Bocahut and Philip Brooks. Woubi Cheri is the first film to give African homosexuals a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces gender pioneers demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality. 62 min. DVD X6503; Video/C 6312
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Crapo, Richley. "Woubi Cheri." American Anthropologist. Mar 2000. Vol. 102, Iss. 1; p. 154 (2 pages) UC users only
Migraine-george, Thérèse. "Beyond the 'internalist' vs. 'externalist' debate: the local-global identities of African homosexuals in two films, Woubi Chéri and Dakan." Journal of African Cultural Studies, Jun2003, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p45-56, 12 p. UC users only
Petty, Sheila. "Insight into a gay African world." Visual Anthropology; 2000, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p431-432, 2p

Transexuality, Intersexuality, and Gender Mutability

100% Woman.
A post-operative transsexual, Michelle Dumaresq, has provoked outrage by entering the sport of women's mountain bike racing. The program explores complex issues of gender identity surrounding the controversy and manifested in Dumaresq's personal and professional relationships. Includes commentary from her parents and interviews with Michelle, friends, and rival cyclists. Director, Karen Duthie. 2004. 60 min. DVD 4487

Almost Myself: Reflections on Mending and Transcending Gender
What happens when a young gay man, struggling not only with his sexuality but also gender, decides to have surgery to become a female, and later in life decides to return to being a gay man again? Can someone live their life full time as a female, but still have a penis? What's life like for a former male college football player, finally living her life as the woman she was always meant to be? These are just some of the stories told in the fascinating, poignant, and informative documentary. The film focuses primarily on women who are white and older, yet were identified as male at birth. The stories include journeys of boyhood to womanhood and the struggles of mending and transcending gender. Special features: Bonus material : additional director comments ; scenes from 2005's West Hollywood Day of Remembrance & Rally ; "Road To Trinidad" music video by Georgie Jessup ; previews. Director/producer, Tom Murray. c2007. 82 min. DVD X4057

Assume Nothing
Artistic expression of alternatively gendered people’s lives reveals a captivating world where gender cannot be defined as simply male or female. This program features New Zealand photographer Rebecca Swan and her images for "Assume Nothing," a book that explores the beauty and complexity of gender identity. Four of Swan’s subjects speak candidly about their own gender identities and experiences, focusing on their creative expression as artists. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2009. 80 min. DVD X2956

Black and White
In a small New Zealand hospital in 1953, the birth of Mani Bruce Mitchell caused a mild pandemonium. Fifty years later, this film interweaves the stories of this intersex activist and the acclaimed photographer Rebecca Swan, exploring their potent creative collaboration. This fascinating documentary introduces viewers to notions of fluid gender identity, challenging the rigid categories of 'male' and 'female'. Produced and directed by Kirsty MacDonald. 2006. 17 min. DVD 7916

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The Blank Point: What Is Transsexualism?
Examines the widely misunderstood nature of transsexuals--people who psychologically identify with the opposite sex and who sometimes decide to undergo sex reassignment surgery--and offers meaningful insights into this rare condition. The program focuses on two male-to-female transsexuals and one female-to-male transsexual. The subjects candidly discuss their old identities, the transition to their new lives and the scientific and psychological process that enables them to change genders. c1990. 58 min. Video/C 6199

Boy I Am
Follows the transitions of Nicco, Norie and Keegan, three young New Yorkers from different race and class backgrounds, as they prepare and undergo female to male transition surgery. Reveals the conflict over the place of trans-males within the lesbian community. A film by Sam Feder and Julie Hollar. 2006. 68 min. DVD 6352

The Brandon Teena Story
Documentary film about Brandon Teena, who arrived in rural Falls City, Nebraska, in 1993 where his charm won him several friends in town. But on Christmas Eve Brandon was brutally raped and beaten, and then, a week later, murdered along with two other people, when his friends became enraged when they discovered that he was actually a woman. This is a tale of Brandon's coming of age struggle with identity and how his gender ambiguity induced feelings of betrayal, confusion and hostility among residents of a town in America's heartland. A film by Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. 1998. 90 min. Video/C 6125

American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos winner

Boys Don't Cry

Colonel Jing Xing: A Unique Destiny
Depicts the world of Jin Xing as a dancer, choreographer, colonel in the People's Liberation Army and the first to have a sex change operation in China. Directed by Sylvie Levey ; produced by Arnaud Hamelin. c2001. 52 min. DVD X6941

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Cruel and Unusual
Examines the realities faced by transgender women in mens' prisons. Ashley, Linda, Anna, Yolanda and Ophelia describe their experiences including rape, violence, solitary confinement and denial of medical care. Their difficult stories challenge the most basic notions of gender and justice while raising an important question: Is their treatment indeed cruel and unusual -- a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? A documentary film by Janet Baud, Dan Hunt, and Reid Williams. c2006. 60 min. DVD 6528

Diagnosing Difference
A documentary film featuring thirteen transgender and genderqueer scholars, artists, and activists discussing the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder diagnosis on their lives and communities. Directed by Annalise Ophelian c2009. 64 min. DVD X5071

Dream Girls
This fascinating documentary, produced for the BBC, opens a door into the spectacular world of the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful musical theater company in Japan. Each year, thousands of girls apply to enter the male-run Takarazuka Music School. The few who are accepted endure years of a highly disciplined and reclusive existence before they can join the Revue, choosing male or female roles. Dream Girls offers a compelling insight into gender and sexual identity and the contradictions experienced by Japanese women today. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 7630

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Folklore of the Transgender Community in Tamil Nadu
Documentary on life cycle ceremonies of transgendered people in Tamil Nadu, India. 2007. 39 min. DVD X2611

Gender Redisigner
This documentary about gay life in rural Pennsylvania quickly transforms into another type of journey as the lead interviewer in the film begins efforts to transition from female to a male. Facing a series of challenges -- financial, familial, cultural and physical, his personal strength and supportive network serve as clear resources in the transitioning process. Follows him through five years as he navigates the transformation with hormone treatment and a double mastectomy. Presents a revealing exploration of the complex links between biological sex, gender construction, sexual orientation/identity, and gender passing or blurring. A Johnny Bergmann film. 2007. 72 min. DVD X2996

Gendernauts: A Journey Across the Great Gender Divide.
Documents the female-to-male (F2M) transgender cyber-community in San Francisco presenting a personal view of people who alter their bodies and minds with new technologies and chemistry, with an amphasis on biological women who use the male hormone Testosterone. Written, directed and produced by Monika Treut. 2000. 82 min. DVD 5002; vhs Video/C 9262

Girl Inside
Follows Madison during three years of her transition from male to female, raising issues about the nature of gender, femininity, and sexuality. Girl Inside highlights Madison's loving relationship with her 80-year-old grandmother. Their discussions together further illustrate the complex set of questions and issues surrounding the choices faced by transsexuals. Written and directed by Maya Gallus. 2007. 70 min. DVD 9942

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Hermaphrodites Speak
This film covers a meeting of intersexed people at the first retreat of the Intersex Society of North America. Seven participants, two assigned as men and four as women, and one individual who identifies as neither male or female but as a third gender, tell their stories of growing up intersexed and their feelings of social isolation. They express resentment towards the medical establishment and the current standard medical treatment for hermaphroditic children. Presented by ISNA, Intersex Society of North America, 1997. 34 min. DVD 8089

Inside Out
Documents the daily activities of three individual who are coming to terms with their transgender identities and the related emotional and physical transformations while living in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Features intimate conversations with Maria (a male-to-female transsexual), Saman (female-to-male) and Arash (female-to-male), allowing them to tell their stories, including the lifelong struggle with their gender dysphoria, how this mind/body conflict has affected their everyday behavior, and the impact of hormone therapy and sex-change surgery on their lives. Directed by Zohreh Shayesteh. 2006. 39 min. DVD 8650

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Is it a Boy or a Girl?
Explores the medical management of infants born with ambiguous sexual anatomy and whether or not patients born with the disorder should be given the opportunity to choose their gender. Some argue that the standard practice of sexual assignment by surgery in infancy should be discontinued giving the intersexual the right to chose or not to chose surgery once that person reaches adolescence. Produced and written by Phyllis Ward. 2000. 54 min. DVD 8088

Jareena: Portrait of a Hijda
Documents the life of a member of a transsexual sect, both at his home in the countryside and with a group of his fellows in a Hamam in Bangalore. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 25 min. c1990. DVD X2094

Juggling Gender: Politics, Sex and Identity.
Features Jennifer Miller, juggler and director of Circus Amok. Miller speaks of her life and struggle as a lesbian woman who happens to have a moustache and beard. Includes scenes of circus performances, a gay rights parade, Miller interacting with friends, family, and strangers. A film by Tami Gold with Jennifer Miller. 1992. DVD X3540; Video/C 3548

Kafi, Shayda. "Subverting the Myth of the Bearded Lady: Jennifer Miller and Circus Amok." MP: An Online Feminist Journal Fall 2010, Vol 3 issue 2
Krawitz, Jan. "Juggling Gender." Journal of Film & Video, Summer-Fall93, Vol. 45 Issue 2/3, p113-115, 3p UC users only
Straayer, Chris. "Transgender Mirrors: Queering Sexual Difference." In: Queer representations : reading lives, reading cultures : a Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies book / edited by Martin Duberman. New York : New York University Press, c1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks NX650.H6 Q43 1997)

Still Juggling Gender, Still Bearded
Features Miller 15 years after the original documentary, discussing changes in her life and in society. Coney Island side show : Includes scenes of Circus Amok performances. A film by Tami Gold. 2008. 27 min. DVD X3540

Let Me Die a Woman (1978)
Directed by Doris Wishman. Cast: Leslie, Deborah Hartin, Lisa Carmelle, Frank Pizzo, Harry Reems as Tim Long, Carol Sands, Billy Kelman, Doug Martin. A documentary-style film about transsexuals. Features the work of sex-change specialist Dr.Leo Wollman, including interviews with Dr.Wollman and a few of his patients, with an illustrated lecture on the various aspects of transsexuality plus actual footage of a sex-change operation, which is what gives the film its notoriety. 78 min. DVD X5532
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Matt Kailey: A Conversation
Matt Kailey, a female-to-male transsexual, explores the issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity. Speaking from the perspective of his own day-to-day life, he looks at the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which biology, psychology and society shape our understanding of who we are. 2004. 20 min. Video/C MM80

Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She
Explores the lives of those who do not conform to rigid gender concepts and examines changes in brain science that are shedding light on grey areas between male and female. The film also explores the serious social and family problems--even dangers--often faced by those whose gender may fall somewhere in between male and female. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2006. 75 min. DVD 8698

No Dumb Questions
The program follows three sisters, Ages 6, 9 and 11, as they struggle to understand why and how Uncle Bill is becoming Aunt Barbara. With just weeks until Bill's first visit as Barbara the sisters navigate the complex territories of anatomy, sexuality, personality, gender and fashion. Produced, directed & edited by Melissa Regan. 2001. 24 min. Video/C MM928

Paper Dolls
After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities enticed foreigners to fill gaps in the job market. Filipinos in various stages of gender transition came as caregivers to elderly, orthodox Jewish men. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, 'Paper Dolls,' in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such. Directed by Tomer Heymann. 2006. 80 min. DVD X2101

Paradise Bent: Boys will be Girls in Samoa
An exploration of the Samoan faafafine, boys who are raised as girls, who fulfill a traditional role in Samoan culture. In the past they have shared women's traditional work but today are becoming more westernized and look more like drag queens. Several anthropologists comment on the phenomenon examining issues of culture and gender and the complexities of sexual identity. Produced & directed by Heather Croall. c1999. 50 min. DVD X3129; vhs Video/C 8601

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Holmes, Lowell D. " Paradise Bent." American Anthropologist, 2000, Vol. 102 Issue 3, p604-605, 2p UC users only

Prodigal Sons
Returning home to Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed (previously the school quarterback and now a transgender woman) hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, intense sibling rivalries, and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that force them to face challenges no one could imagine. Special features: Doc short: The Return of Prodigal Sons; questions & answers with Rick Moody & others; words from the family. Directed by Kimberly Reed. 2008. 86 min. DVD X5509

Regretters
Regretters gives heartfelt voice to two transgendered people who underwent sex change surgery to become women. Now, years later, they would like to return to their original, masculine selves. Through their experiences we learn how very complicated gender identity is; morphing from one gender to another is not accomplished solely by sexual reassignment surgery. Orlando and Mikael are Swedish, now in their sixties. Meeting for the first time, they face one another on a stage and engage in a spontaneous dialogue. Orlando, an androgynous dandy dressed in a red velvet suit, had one of the first sex change operations in Sweden in 1967. He tells of his eleven year marriage to a man who never suspected that his wife had not been born female. Mikael, dressed as a man, underwent the surgery in the 1990's when he was fifty years old. He has tried to convince his doctors to change him back, as he feels desperately lost between genders, trapped inside a body that is not his. Written & directed by Marcus Lindeen. 2010. 60 min. DVD X6316

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Sex: Unknown
Explores gender identity and gender reassignment with contributions of psychologists and researchers, and through personal insights from the Reimer family, including candid, heartrending interviews with JanetReimer and her son, who ultimately rejected his female identity and is now living as a man. Also includes the work of early sex researcher John Money who persuaded the Reimer parents to surgically alter their child after an accident destroyed his genitalia. 2001. 60 min. Video/C 8922

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Oberacker, J. S. "Sex assignment surgery and the discourse of public television: The case of NOVA's Sex: Unknown" Television & New Media, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 25-48, 2007UCB users only

Sexuality (Taboo series)
How far would you go to change your sexual identity? In Albania, a group of sworn virgins discard their female identities and live as men. In Thailand, a man changes his sex through surgery. In India, meet Mona, a eunuch. Originally broadcast on the National Georgaphic Channel in 2004. 48 min. DVD X1141

She's a Boy I Knew
Using archival family footage, interviews, phone messages, and animation, Haworth's documentary begins in 2000 with Steven Haworth's decision to come out to his family about his life-long female gender identity. The resulting autoethnography is not only an exploration into the filmmaker's process of transition from biological male to female, from Steven to Gwen, but also an emotionally charged account of the individual experiences, struggles, and stakes that her two sisters, mother, father, best friend and wife brought to Gwen's transition. Produced and directed & edited by Gwen Haworth. c2008. 70 min. DVD X2387

Shinjuku Boy
This documentary reveals the complexity of female sexuality in Japan through the lives of three annabes who work as hosts at the New Marilyn Club in Tokyo. Annabes are women who live as men and have girlfriends, although they don't usually identify themselves as lesbians. All three talk frankly about their gender-bending lives revealing their views about women, sex, transvestitism and lesbianism. Alternating with these interviews are sequences shot inside the club, patronized almost exclusively by heterosexual women who have become disappointed with men. A film by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams. c1995. 53 min. DVD X2397; vhs Video/C 9127

Description from Women Make Movies catalog

Maree, Claire. "Ore wa ore dakara ['Because I'm me']: A study of gender and language in the documentary Shinjuku Boys." Intersections; Aug2003, Issue 9, p1, 1p
Morris, Gary. "Rebel Girls: Six Documentaries by Kim Longinotto." Bright Lights Film Journal, Aug2005, Issue 49, p164-168, 5p
Stables, Kate. "Shinjuku Boys/Gaea Girls." Sight & Sound, Mar2010, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p88-88 UC users only

Tales of the Waria
This film follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, as they search for romance and intimacy. Uncover a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love -- whatever the consequences. Written, produced and directed by Kathy Huang. c2011. 56 min. DVD X7120

Transgeneration.
This eight part television series follows four American college students over the period of a year as they prepare for gender reassignment. Faced with life-altering choices such as whether or not to take hormone therapy or undergo sex reassignment surgery, these four individuals discuss their lives, their hopes and setbacks, as they deal with varying reactions from family, friends and society. Directed by Jeremy Simmons. Originally aired as a five-hour, eight-episode series on the Sundance Channel in 2005. 300 min. DVD 6600

Transexual Menace
A documentary countering the TV image of transexuals (or "trannies") as they call themselves as hopeless self-deluded freaks. The director intercuts medical footage with little-known facts, e.g., "almost 50% of trannies are female to male, though they are much less visible." Most telling are interviews with the trannies themselves, along with the healthcare professionals who help them through the process that's grueling for some and surprisingly simple and immediately rewarding for others. A film by Rosa von Praunheim. Originally produced for television, 1996. 62 min. Video/C 9519

Venuz Boyz.
Venus Boyz takes the viewers on an extraordinary journey into the universe of female masculinity. Filmed in New York City and London, this eye-opening documentary uses the performances of drag kings - as a starting point into the topic of transgendering. Written and directed by Gabriel Baur. 2004. 103 min. DVD 2775

You Don't Know Dick: Courageous Hearts of Transsexual Men.
Provides honest and riveting portraits of six men who once were women. Through their commentaries and the experiences of partners, friends, and family emerges an unforgettable story of self-discovery. Produced and directed by Candace Schermerhorn and Bestor Cram. 1997. 58 min. DVD X3276; Video/C 5085

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

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XXXY
A portrait of two individuals born with ambiguous genitalia that calls into question the medical practice of gender assignment surgery of intersex infants and children. A film by Porter Gale, Laleh Soomekh. 2000. 13 min. DVD 9181; vhs Video/C 7670

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