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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.

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Cindy Abel formed Atlantis Moon Productions in 2007 to develop film-related projects that launch conversations and impact popular culture. She was named “Best Filmmaker” by Georgia Voice in 2019, served as National Co-Chair of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and Vice President of Communications of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.
Director Cindy L. Abel
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2020
Language(s)
Premiere Status
Runtime 79 minutes
Principal Cast Patsy Thompson, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Barbara Brass, Eric Fanning
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