New York Premiere
Winner, Grand Jury & Audience Prize, LA Film Festival; Best Documentary, Provincetown Film Festival
Presented in Partnership with Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Dir: Jonah Markowitz, US, 2015, 88 mins
This unflinchingly honest and expansive documentary looks into the early days of the advocacy that paved the way for the LGBTQ rights victories of today. After introducing an anti-bullying bill aimed to protect LGBTQ schoolchildren, California State Representative Sheila Kuehl had to endure grandstanding speeches comparing homosexuals to pedophiles. It was in such a hostile environment that she and fellow out representatives Christine Kehoe, Jackie Goldberg, and Carole Migden passed California’s first LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws. Brilliantly framing the decades-long struggle within archival clips of recent progress, when President Obama announced that “love is love,” alongside the groundbreaking work of often-unacknowledged heroes, POLITICAL ANIMALS offers first-hand evidence why there must be LGBTQ representation in elected office.
Cast: Carole Migden, Christine Kehoe, Jackie Goldberg, Sheila Kuehl Q&A with filmmakers and select cast to follow