Truly CA: Our State, Our Stories
The Emmy Award-winning showcase of independent documentaries about life in the Golden State.
Lovely Day (#905H) Duration: 58:40 STEREO TVG
With their futures at risk, nine young Oakland rappers embark on a six-month journey to find their voice at the Beats Rhymes and Life program. Fusing hip hop education with group psychotherapy, the workshop encourages the teen artists to work toward creating a full-length album, performing live and transitioning into adulthood.
Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (#1104H) Duration: 56:05 STEREO TVPG
Poet and filmmaker James Broughton (1913-1999) lived by the motto "follow your weird." His remarkable story spans the Beat generation, his escape to Europe during the Mc Carthy? years and his ascendancy as a revered bard of sexual liberation.
Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (#103) Duration: 59:03 STEREO TVPG
It's a hot August night in San Francisco in 1966. Compton's Cafeteria, in the seedy Tenderloin district, is hopping with its usual assortment of transgender people, young street hustlers, and down-and-out regulars. The management, annoyed by the noisy crowd at one table, calls the police. When a surly cop, accustomed to manhandling Compton's clientele, attempts to arrest one of the queens, she throws her coffee in his face. Mayhem erupts -- windows break, furniture flies through the air. Police reinforcements arrive, and the fighting spills into the street. For the first time, the drag queens band together to fight back, getting the better of the cops, whom they kick and stomp with their high-heeled shoes and beat with their heavy purses. For everyone at Compton's that night, one thing was certain -- things would never be the same again.
This documentary introduces viewers to a diverse cast of former prostitutes, drag entertainers, police officers, ministers and neighborhood activists, all of whom played a part in the events leading up to the Compton's Cafeteria riot. With extraordinary candor and from differing points of view, the subjects recount the difficulties they encountered in the Tenderloin, as well as the sense of community they created there in the mid-1960s. The doc also goes on to show the connection between transgender activism and the larger social upheavals affecting the United States in the 1960s: the civil rights and sexual liberation movements, the youth counterculture, urban renewal, and Great Society antipoverty programs. It sets out to foster a better understanding of the experiences of transgender people and to inform a broad audience of their often-difficult lives and unheralded accomplishments. Along the way, the program also illuminates the interplay of urban politics, community mobilization and social services in creating the modern inner city. By Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker.