Before Stonewall with Guest Speaker Mandy Carter | NCGLFF 2019
Special Event

Before Stonewall and Guest Speaker Mandy Carter

THEMES: Activism | Biography/History | Discrimination | Documentary | Gay | Human Rights | Lesbian | Racism

As part of this year’s recognition of the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, NCGLFF proudly welcomes guest speaker Mandy Carter.  Ms. Carter is a Durham, North Carolina famed African-American lesbian activist with a 52-year movement history of social, racial, and LGBTQ+ justice organizing since 1967.  Raised in two orphanages and a foster home for her first 18 years as a ward of the state of New York, Ms. Carter attributes the influences of the Quaker-based American Friends Service Committee, the former Institute for the Study of Non-violence, and the pacifist-based War Resisters League for her sustained intentional multi-racial/multi-issue organizing.

With awards from many human rights and community organizations to acknowledge her achievements, Ms. Carter’s highlighted list of accomplishments and honors includes The 2018 Harvey B. Milk Legacy Award, The 2015 Union Medal from the Union Theological Seminary, one of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of The 100 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, and Co-Editor of We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (2012). 

Recently The Mandy Carter Papers Collection was acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture, within the repository of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. 

Ms. Carter will introduce the documentary film, Before Stonewall, as well as host a post-film audience Q&A.



In 1969 the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, leading to three nights of rioting by the city's gay community. With this outpouring of courage and unity the gay liberation movement had begun. Before Stonewall pries open the closet door, setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by LGBT Americans since the early 1900's. Revealing and often humorous, this widely acclaimed film relives the emotionally-charged sparking of today's gay rights movement, from the events that led to the fevered 1969 riots to many other milestones in the brave fight for acceptance. Experience the fascinating and unforgettable, decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America through eye-opening historical footage and amazing interviews with those who lived through an often brutal closeted history. Narrated by iconic author Rita Mae Brown. Groundbreaking interviews with Ann Bannon, Martin Duberman, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Gittings, Harry Hay, Mabel Hampton, Dr. Evelyn Hooker, Frank Kameny, Audre Lorde, Richard Bruce Nugent, Jose Sarria and many more.   About the restoration: The 16mm negative was scanned and digitized at Periscope Films in Los Angeles. The file was then color corrected at Edition Salzgeber in Berlin, who created the DCP. Director Greta Schiller supervised the process and approved the new DCP.

$10 Individual Tickets | $85 10-Passes
(Dir. Greta Schiller, United States, 1984, 87 min)

Saturday, August 17

4:40pm   Fletcher Hall


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