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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pride (2015)

Wow, I really liked this movie.  It is set in the mid-1980's and based on actual events.  Margaret Thatcher is the Prime Minister and the mining strike is in full force.  Thatcher is playing hardball, having confiscated all the national union's funds in an effort to starve the miner's back to work.  It is a gritty time in British history.  So a group of gay and lesbian men and women decide that they are going to support the miners.  Why?  Because they are the only group that the British press has treated worse than them.

So they form a charitable organization Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.  Their next hurdle is to get a town to accept their support, which is easier said than done.  The Dalais Valley Miners of South Wales agrees to accept their support based on a misunderstanding--but once the community committee meets them, they present them to the community as a whole where the reception is significantly less warm.  No surprise.  But over time they too warm to the group, and eventually come to support gay rights as a sign of solidarity.  In 2015 this doesn't seem exceptional, but 30 years ago it was, and the film is a good reminder of where we have come.  The movie is also set in the time when HIV was on the rise and there were no mitigating medications in sight, and that forms a poignant backdrop for the movie as well.  Very well done and heartwarming in all the right ways.

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