Pride: History and rights in North America

Documentaries and short films

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The most dangerous year (2018)

Knowlton, V. (Director). 
[Streaming video]

In early 2016, when a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, The Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR for transgender Americans. Documentary filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a small group of embattled parents as they banded together to fight a deluge of proposed laws that would strip away the rights of their young, transgender children.

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One gay city (2014)
Past Perfect Productions (Producer)

From a deeply closeted culture to a more open and out society, "One Gay City: A History of LGBT Life in Winnipeg" takes viewers on an emotional tour of Winnipeg's LGBT community through personal stories, news headlines and archival images.

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Our dance of revolution (2019)
Phillip Pike (dba Roaring River Films) (Producer)

This untold history of Toronto's Black queer community spans four decades of passionate activist rebellion. Refusing to be silenced and raging with love, the featured trailblazers demanded a city where they could all live their truths free from the threat of violence. In the spaces they found for loud laughter and sweaty block parties, they also found themselves. Each bit of revolutionary ground was gained collaboratively, whether protesting police brutality, forming feminist collectives or making room for grief and healing in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Their transformative creativity and visionary organizing made Toronto more livable for generations to follow. Our Dance of Revolution celebrates the living legends among us by unearthing what has been made invisible. Come honour this hidden chapter of Toronto's history and witness the courage it took to dance in the street for the struggle.