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Vito

Jeffrey Schwarz

20111 h 33 min
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On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted on Christopher Street, a new era in the Gay Rights Movement was born.

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Director Jeffrey Schwarz
Release Date 2011
Country  USA
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On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. As a riot erupted on Christopher Street, a new era in the Gay Rights Movement was born. Vito Russo, a 23-year-old film student, was among the crowd.

Over the next twenty years until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito would go on to become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights.

He was a pivotal part of three well-known organizations during their formative years: GAA (Gay Activists Alliance), GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), but also a prolific writer. His seminal book “The Celluloid Closet” explored the ways in which gays and lesbians were portrayed on film, and how those negative images were at the root of society’s homophobia. He continued writing, lecturing, speaking out and acting up until just months before his death.

Official Selection Berlinale / Frameline / Outfest / New York Film Festival