|4/15 - 4/29||VIRTUAL SCREENING||WATCH|
Surviving the Silence
Directed by Cindy L. Abel
USA | 79 minutes | 2020
Years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Colonel Patsy Thompson presided over the board that dismissed Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian, forcing her to confront her own secret and moral dilemma: she too was a lesbian. While Cammermeyer’s memoir was adapted as a 1995 television movie, executive-produced by Barbra Streisand, Thompson’s story remained a secret...until now. Thompson and her wife also candidly share how they wrestled with heart-wrenching choices in public and private, hiding their relationship, speaking in code on the phone and struggling to protect their love while preserving Thompson's career — and, how they emerged from the closet to become vibrant activists later in life.
Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Cindy L. Abel, film subjects Colonel Pat Thompson & Barbara Brass, Colonel Margarthe "Grethe" Cammermeyer, and moderator Steve Rothaus. To view the conversation please click here.
|Director||Cindy L. Abel|
|Countries of Production||USA|
|Year of Presentation||2020|
|Principal Cast||Patsy Thompson, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Barbara Brass, Eric Fanning|