Surviving the silence

Title: Surviving the silence
Direction: Cindy L. Abel
Cast: Barbara Brass, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Eric Fanning, Mary Newcombe, Patsy Thompson
Production: Atlantis Moon Productions
Distribution: 13th Gen Film
Genre: documentary
Duration: 80’
Country: USA
Year: 2020
O.V. in English. Subtitles in Spanish

Festivals: Amsterdam (New Renaissance), Ashland (USA), Atlanta (LGTI), Boca Raton (USA, Jewish cinema), Boden (Sweden, LGTBI), Cambera (veterans film), Charlotte (USA), Chicago (independent cinema), Colorado Springs (women cinema), Denmark (women cinema), Hamptons (documentaries), Herat (Afghanistan), Madrid (independent cinema), Miami (Jewish cinema), Miami & Fort Lauderdale (LGTBI), Montreal (independent cinema), Mumbai (LGTBI), Nassau (documentaries), New York (Tri-State), San Diego, San Francisco (documentaries), Oxford (USA), Paris, Paris (lesbian and feminist cinema), Paris (Beyond the Curve, independent cinema), Phoenix (LGTBI), Punta del Este (Jewish Cinema), Queens (NY, world cinema), Rochester (LGTBI), Sacramento (Jewish cinema), Sacramento (LGTBI), Salto (Uruguay, women cinema), San Francisco (documentaries), Seattle (LGTBI), St. Louis (USA, LGTBI) Sydney, Tampa Bay (LGTBI), Vancouver, Winston-Salem (USA, LGTBI)

First showing in Barcelona

In the early 1990s, a highly-decorated US colonel was forced to expel an Army hero for being a lesbian. What no one knew at the time was that the same colonel was herself a closeted lesbian. Decades later, this truth is exposed in all of its complexity, and the three women involved come together again to contemplate those events and their impact. Along the way, two of the women candidly revisit their life together and how they found love against a backdrop of impossible choices. By film’s end, they find something even more important and unexpected—their own voices as out and proud lesbians, later-in-life social activists, and dynamic role models for others.