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In 1994 the first openly gay member of the California State Assembly was elected, by the turn of the century three more out and proud lesbians were elected to join her. Political Animals tells the remarkable story of these four pioneering women and the incredible lengths they went to, to pass a wide range of anti-discrimination laws that benefited the LGBTIQ community and paved the way for other states to follow their lead.
These four fierce women – Sheila Kuehl, Carole Migden, Jackie Goldberg, and Christine Kehoe credit their background in women's and feminist movements for giving them the strategic and organisational skills required to make change happen in the hostile environment of the assembly floor.
This film is co-directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jonah Markowitz, who usually makes narrative features including gay surfer classic, Shelter. Here, Markowitz felt compelled to make the documentary to highlight the often overlooked achievements of women in the telling of our LGBTIQ history.
Combining insightful present day interviews with a wealth of news clips, photographs, and archival footage of their powerful, witty, heartfelt and moving rebuttals to the vitriol spouted by their colleagues in the assembly chamber, you will be engrossed by the achievements of these formidable women.
Winner of Audience and Documentary Award at Los Angeles Film Festival and Documentary Audience Award NYC's NewFest.
As the films tagline says "When women lead, leaders follow."
"White hot… engrossing political theatre." – Variety
"Political Animals Is the Must-See Documentary of 2016 For Every Feminist." – Bustle.com
"It leaves you admiring its subjects for their resilience and rhetorical force." – LA Times
Filmmaker guests: co-director Jonah Markowitz and Christopher Panizzon