Recounted by many of the original participants, this is a fascinating and riveting piece of queer history for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of activist pioneers and their achievements – both before and after Stonewall. The story of social and medical injustice carried out by medical boards in the US comes alive through newly rediscovered archive footage, original interviews and a keen sense of just what was at stake. The psychological impact of being medically defined as a sick, sexual pervert was often devastating and warped the mental health of generations, but fighting back was the best cure. One of the best documentaries of this or any year, Cured rivetingly details this little-known story of how queers took on the medical establishment.
Brian Robinson, Programmer
Accessibility Available with closed captions and audio description
Running time 80 minutes
Please note, this film contains themes of mental illness.
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