The Times of Harvey Milk
is one of my favorite documentaries. It details the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to a major US office. Milk was a gay rights activist, a populist politician, and a great person. Even learning about him today, I can tell that he was a kind, generous man with a passion for inspiring his fellow humans. He called himself the "Mayor of Castro Street", and he was without a doubt the first person to give a voice to the many oppressed gays of San Francisco.
Released in 1984, the documentary covers the turbulent times in 1970s San Francisco and the many emerging gay rights movements there and across the United States. This biographical film includes archival footage and tracks Harvey Milk from his early days as a New Yorker to his untimely and brutal death. I highly recommend this documentary to all who enjoy a touching and sobering experience.
You can watch the documentary here
if you live in the US, or watch it here
if you live outside of the US.