Source: The New York Times
Few places are so closely identified with the birth of a movement as the Stonewall Inn and the streets that surround it in the downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village.
This month marks 50 years since the Stonewall riot, which galvanized a half-century of activism and agitation for LGBTQ rights and made Stonewall a recurring stage for public protest, grieving, and celebration.
Cheryl Furjanic’s new New York Times’ Op-Doc, “Stonewall: The Making of a Monument,” traces that history, exploring the process by which a chaotic street fight in protest of police brutality has been engraved into history in the form of a national monument.
Furjanic’s film, built from a chorus of voices and archival footage, is also a case study in how mainstream acceptance can, ironically, be a mixed blessing for political movements, as people struggle to control their own history.
Watch “Stonewall: The Making of a Monument” above and read the story at The New York Times.
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