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The Fruit Machine

  • Performance Hall - Calgary Public Library 800 3 Street Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G 0E7 Canada (map)

The Fruit Machine - 1h21m - Rated PG 14

Directed by: Sarah Fodey

The documentary focuses on first person accounts of some of the thousands directly affected by the purge of gays and lesbians from the Canadian public service and armed forces in the period 1954-1989. From suspicion to surveillance to interrogation and release from employment for no other reason than sexual orientation, thousands of careers and lives were destroyed. A truly sad chapter in Canadian history. This documentary should form part of the curriculum in all Canadian high schools.

Love Letter Rescue Squad - 7m

Directed by Megan Rossman

Our history was disappearing as quickly as we were making it. With that realization, Deborah Edel and Joan Nestle co-founded the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the world's largest collection of materials by and about lesbians. More than 40 years later, Deb must consider the future of the collection.

Gross Indecency: The Everett Klippert Story - 17m

Directed by: Laura O'Grady

Everett Klippert was a Calgary bus driver. He was also the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality. Kevin Allen, of the Calgary Gay History Project, tries to understand Klippert and his place in LGBTQ history.

Earlier Event: May 23
Later Event: May 24
Tackling Life