“The Hidden Cities of San Francisco – The Castro”–revisiting our past

“The Hidden Cities of San Francisco – The Castro”

Revisiting Our Past

Amos Lassen

If there has ever been a gay ghetto, it was “The Castro”, once known as America’s “gay hometown”. Originally the Castro District of San Francisco was a “quiet working-class neighborhood” where European immigrants lived. In this film we learn of the transformation of the Castro as told by those who live there and it is a story of “social upheaval” and street culture, politics and assassination and a new period of a new community claiming its place in the world.

This is not just a program about a community or a neighborhood but about growth and renewal and the evolution of the gay liberation movement. It is a treat to watch and an educational experience that should not be missed. If you have ever wondered why San Francisco has been regarded as a “gay Mecca”, you will get answers here.

We have interviews with people of all persuasions, races and sexuality and they have all been involved to a degree with the Castro. You will feel the spirit of what was the Castro as you a sense of the history of Eureka Valley and here is a well-spent hour and a half.


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