Released in four parts, the first airing on 27th February, the Oscar Winning ‘Milk’screenwriter sets the scene on what will be a rough reminder of the shocking violence and discrimination endured by the LGBTQ community in America around the time of the Stonewsll riots in the early 70s when so many fought a bloody fight for the rights of themselves and others.
The first episode introduces you to some key characters, young activists and a groups of people all preparing to take a stand, the talented cast including Guy Pearce, Michael Kenneth Williams and Mary-Louise Parker. All take their place and prepare to take you on a journey through violent riots and the rise of the gay activists, the AIDS epidemic where so many young men lost their lives and the confusing 90’s where so many still felt the shock of what had come before and what the future might hold for them.
All the characters are setting the scene for their individual stories in particular the story of a young gay African American man in the Navy at the time of the Vietnam war and his struggle to be accepted whilst being a minority because of his colour and hiding his sexuality in the navy but also in the LGBTQ community where his race saw him being pushed out by the people he thought would embrace him with open arms.
When We Rise has a soundtrack which goes hand in hand with the series and the lyrics of the songs fit perfectly with the story that is unfolding on the screen.
I recommend you take time out to watch the series and view this stark reminder of not only how far we have come, but how far we still have to go.