Saturday, May 20, 2006

Paragraph 175

Sundance Film Festival, 2000 - Documentary Jury Prize for Directing Berlin Film Festival, 2000 - FIPRESCI Award (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) for Best Film (Panorama Section); Teddy Award for Best Documentary

By the 1920’s, Berlin had become known as a homosexual eden, where gay men and lesbians lived relatively open lives amidst an exciting subculture of artists and intellectuals. With the coming to power of the Nazis, all this changed. Between 1933 and 1945 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived. Today, fewer than ten of these men are known to be living. Five of them have now come forward to tell their stories for the first time in this powerful new film. more

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