The Times of Harvey Milk

Director: Robert Epstein

1984, 88 minutes

Program Notes

Free films continue at the Parkway with the landmark documentary about inspirational GLBTQ activist and politician Harvey Milk, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature !


(Robert Epstein, United States, 1984, 88 minutes)
A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world. The Oscar-winning The Times of Harvey Milk was as groundbreaking as its subject. One of the first feature documentaries to address gay life in America, it’s a work of advocacy itself, bringing Milk’s message of hope and equality to a wider audience. This exhilarating trove of original documentary material and archival footage is as much a vivid portrait of a time and place (San Francisco’s historic Castro District in the seventies) as a testament to the legacy of a political visionary.



“[T]his is an enormously absorbing film, for the light it sheds on a decade in the life of a great American city and on the lives of Milk and Moscone, who made it a better, and certainly a more interesting, place to live.”—Roger Ebert, in his February 22, 1985 review