Why We Need to Keep the Activism of New Queer Cinema Alive

April 23, 2015 9:35 PM

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Gay activism comes in many guises, but we often don't stop to appreciate the role cinema has played in championing queer lives. Films generally reflect the sociocultural milieu of the time in which they are made, but can also think forward and re-imagine society in a progressive way.

In the early 1990s, a handful of queer-themed independent films emerged, a movement coined by the academic B. Ruby Rich as "New Queer Cinema." These films were defined by their radicalism, in that they challenged social norms and actively rejected heteronormativity. Gay sex, non-monogamy and the dis...

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