Before Sean Penn, There was “The Times of Harvey Milk”

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Penn’s Oscar-winning role as Harvey Milk in the 2008 film brought the gay activists’ life and death to a mainstream audience.

But 23 years earlier, a groundbreaking documentary gave the world it’s first in-depth look at Milk’s life and garnered an Academy Award in the process.

“The Times of Harvey Milk” combines interviews with Milk and those around him with  archival footage of his successful career and assassination in 1978 into a 90 minute-long piece of film/art that ranks among the best documentaries in modern film history. It’s required viewing for everyone who longs for social justice.

Warning: have a box of Kleenex at your side.

You can view the full film free at MovieDBase. It’s also available in iTunes and Amazon.