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Labor Film Night presents “PRIDE”

Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 pm

Pride is an award winning film about the unlikely alliance between striking miners and the gay and lesbian community in Britain in the 1980s.

Pits and Perverts gala fundraiser
“Pits and Perverts” benefit for the miners

Set during the miners’ strike of 1984 in Thatcher’s Britain, the film is based on the true story of a group of gay activists working to help support the striking miners — despite the fact that the miners aren’t exactly thrilled by the prospect of throwing in their lot with gays.

Several miners’ groups turned the activists’ support down outright or wouldn’t return their calls until one group, mostly through misunderstanding who they were, opted to accept the money they raised. What they had not expected was that the activists would accept an invitation to come to the little Welsh mining town.

The results of this visit — and the alliance that comes into being — are fairly predictable but what keeps Pride working for its entire two-hour running time is a perfect blend of cinematic and dramatic drive, a generosity of spirit and a wonderful ensemble cast.

“This portrayal of the unlikely 1980s alliance between London gay-rights activists and striking Welsh miners is, quite simply, one of the best movies of the year [2014] so far.

Michael Ordoña, San Francisco Chronicle

 

Admission is free. Light refreshments available.

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