Political AnimalsHD Closed Captioning
Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares
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About the Movie
Political Animals celebrates the legendary civil rights victories of four trailblazing California state politicians: Carole Migden, Sheila Keuhl, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe. Fierce and unrelenting, these courageous women toppled a partisan majority and emerged victors to pass historic legislation for social justice and LGBT+ equality. It was a hard fight – filled with vehemently heated debates and hateful insults hurled by opponents. Today, the message behind Political Animals is more important than ever as the current political theatre unfurls around the globe. These inspiring biographies further reveal the critical importance for public resistance at the local level to pressure lawmakers to enanct difficult change. Political Animals is a clear call to action for a new era of greater democratic participation. We invite you to follow in the footsteps of these historic leaders and become the next pioneering political animal!
Winner of 11 Best Documentary Awards since its Festival Premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won both the Jury & Audience Awards. This doc is more timely and important than ever as a celebration of how political activism and elected LGBT leaders can effect significant social equality.
Great Movie; Lesson in politic
This movie is both a lesson in how to engineer change, even against all odds, and a great movie. These four women laid the groundwork for domestic partnerships through clever strategizing and sheer tenacity, while fending off hateful attacks from right-wing lawmakers. By building on domestic partnerships in each legislative session they made marriage equality possible. These are four unsung heroes of the LGBT community whose brilliant and pioneering work is beautifully showcased in this documentary. It's clear why it's won awards at no less than 12 film festivals.
Markowitz and Wares did a fantastic job teasing out the humanity in these four women. It's not just a document of how they transformed the landscape for LGBTQ people; it's an examination of how the American populace responds to certain personas and leadership types. Other personalities may not have been able to catalyze so many hearts. This is a meaningful look at what it takes to teach a nation how to empathize.