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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Early Review: Milk

The film Milk is the biographical story of Harvey Milk. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected into a public office. The movie stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. The film takes place with Harvey and his partner Scott Smith opening up a camera shop in the Castro District. The neighborhood was the hub of homosexuality in the 70's. Harvey Milk started as a community organizer in raising awareness about discrimination against gays in the neighborhood, which later led to him running for city supervisor.

During Milk's time in office, Prop 6 reared its ugly head. Prop 6 was a law would have made firing gay teachers—and any public school employees who supported gay rights—mandatory. The film ironically is relevant to what is happening today with Prop 8 which bans gay marriage. Another stunning performance by the flawless Sean Penn and a quirky, yet delightful performance by Emile Hirsch. This movie is a must see for anyone, regardless of sexual orientation. One of the major undercurrents of this story is about hope for change and fighting for what you believe in. Which is certainly a principle we all can relate to and wish to follow.

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