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Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker

Original title
Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker
Year
Running time
77 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Cast
Producer
Frameline
Genre
Documentary
Synopsis / Plot
During the repressive 1950's, Dr. Evelyn Hooker undertook ground breaking research that led to a radical discovery: homosexuals were not, by definition, "sick." Dr. Hooker's finding sent shock waves through the psychiatric community and culminated in a major victory for gay rights -- in 1974 the weight of her studies, along with gay activism, forced the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its official manual of mental disorders. Startling archival footage of the medical procedure used to "cure" homosexuality, images from the underground gay world of the McCarthy era and home movies of literary icon Christopher Isherwood bring to life history which we must never forget. Dr. Hooker's insights into gay marriage and the gay community (a term she coined), and the filmmakers' winning approach make this documentary education at its most exciting and enjoyable.
Awards
1992: Nominated for Oscar: Best Documentary
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