Stories that Blend Personal and Political
Filmmaker Zachary Fuhrer has made 3 short documentaries that chronicle the lives of people converging at the New York City Pride March.
We meet Hal Moskowitz who came out of the closet in 1975. It was a time when the gay rights movement was still finding its footing. Moskowitz felt accepted for who he was for the first time.
“It was young and it was fledgling, but it was new and it was open and it was exciting,” says Moskowitz. “And it was home.” His story is beautiful, heart wrenching and often funny and it is part of a series of short documentaries called “Always Love.”
Moskowitz is a community organizer spurred to action when he started seeing friends succumb to AIDS. Joanna Fang is a transwoman who finally finds herself comfortable in her own skin and Brigid McGinn comes out later in life after being married and having four kids. Taken together, these short documentaries tell the story of the diverse community at the New York City Pride March. All three stories blend the personal and the political.
“All three of them are incredible individuals, with unique stories to tell that speak to the kinds of experiences millions of people have around the world and it’s important for us to hear their stories.”
In 1983, Moskowitz was among the first wave of volunteers for the advocacy group Gay Men’s Health Crisis. The camera follows Moskowitz to this year’s Pride March, where he helps lead the contingent for an organization called Gays Against Guns. After 40 years, he’s still taking to the streets.
But the part of the documentary that director Fuhrer loves most is when Moskowitz walks around Greenwich Village, pointing out spots where he used to go out dancing or congregate with friends.
Moskowitz talks about everything, the good times and the bad times and “through his eyes, we’re able to see the evolution of the gay rights movement.” The other story that has been released is that of
Joanna Fang, a transwoman and the third film about Brigid McGinn will be released soon.
“All three of them are incredible individuals, with unique stories to tell that speak to the kinds of experiences millions of people have around the world. I think it’s important for us to hear their stories.” Look for the films online.