As many of you know a lot of my history posts tend to lean more towards New York City’s gay history mostly because that is where I hail from. With that being said I would like to share with you a very interesting and great documentary I stumbled upon about the history of the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco.
Originally shown during the Gay and Lesbian Pride Month in 1996, The Castro is a 90-minute documentary tells the dramatic story of how a quiet corner of San Francisco became the cornerstone of a movement-an international symbol of gay liberation.
Using rare archival film and fresh contemporary footage, the story of the Castro’s transformation and history is told by the people who lived it: young and old, straight and gay. They bring to life a history ranging from the discriminatory world of the 1950s, through the flowering of “gay power,” and into the age of AIDS.
The Castro, was produced by KQED San Francisco/PBS and won the George Foster Peabody Award, a CINE Golden Eagle Award and was screened at numerous film festivals in the United States and abroad.
Its a must see to understand our past and why the community is so different today..