Paragraph 175

This excellent documentary is built around personal stories of homosexual men who experienced persecution under the Nazis. Their filmed testimonies tell an epic story and Paragraph 175 combines contemporary interviews with evocative images from the period. These are complex individuals: often bitter, but just as often filled with irony and humour; haunted by their memories, but determined to survive. Their collective story fills a crucial gap in the historical record and is a testament to human resilience in the face of unconscionable cruelty.

U.S.A., 1999.
Directors: Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman.
Black and white/Colour.
Dolby stereo.
76 mins.

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