Monday, May 27, 2024

Two films featuring Urvashi Vaid and the fight for LGBTQ+ justice

NewFest and the American LGBTQ+ Museum commemorate pioneering organizer Urvashi Vaid alongside additional leaders and activists from the 1980s and ’90s via the 30th anniversary of the 1993 March on Washington for LGBTQ+ rights.

The New York premiere of the short documentary There Are Things To Do about the life and legacy of Urvashi Vaid, followed by the JEB (Joan E. Biren)’s feature-length documentary A Simple Matter Of Justice: The 1993 March On Washington For Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights And Liberation. Through full-access footage of joyful protest, this rousing doc features sections on civil rights, AIDS and health care, the military, and families; and includes a passionate speech from Urvashi Vaid alongside vital organizers and celebrities such as Larry Kramer, Kathy Najimy, Cybil Shepard, Jesse Jackson, Melissa Ethridge, Ian McKellan, RuPaul, Barney Frank, Lea Delaria, and Eartha Kitt.

This screening + conversation program on October 14 will feature:

Dir. Mike Syers, USA, 2023, 18 min
Urvashi Vaid, an outspoken immigrant, lesbian and woman of color was an LGBTQ+ superhero & helped shape the modern day gay rights movement. Her life with partner Kate Clinton & vision serves as a roadmap for generations facing anti-LGBTQ+ backlash.

A SIMPLE MATTER OF JUSTICE: The 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation
Dir. JEB (Joan E. Biren), USA, 1993, 56 min
A powerful and moving piece documenting the LGBTQ+ movement for equality in the early 1990s that expresses all the emotions of the joyful protest that was the 1993 March on Washington.

A limited number of free tickets are available for this program, courtesy of the American LGBTQ+ Museum. To redeem a free ticket, add a ticket to your cart and use PROMO CODE: NF35AMLGBTQ at checkout. Free tickets are limited to one ticket per transaction and per account. TICKETS HERE.

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