Patrick Sammon & Bennett Singer
Documentary : 80' / Activism, Human Rights

Mentally ill. Deviant. Diseased. And in need of a cure. These were among the terms psychiatrists used to describe lesbians and gay men in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. According to the medical establishment, every gay person suffered from a mental disorder. And as long as lesbians and gay men were “sick”, progress toward equality was impossible. Cured chronicles the battle waged by a small group of activists – from the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis - who declared war against a formidable institution, and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQI+ equality. Further than highlighting the importance of these movements, Cured also raises a reflection on mental health issues – today we still experience a number of clinical prejudices towards queer individuals, and there are specific mental health issues that prevail in these communities.


September 18 | 18h00 | Cinema São Jorge - Sala 2
October 13 | 18h00 | Reitoria da Universidade do Porto - Auditório Ruy Luís Gomes
Queer Focus

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Year: 2020

Country: USA

Language: English

Subtitles: Portuguese

With: Harry Adamson, Gary Alinder, Robert Campbell, Irving Bieber, Sally Duplaix, John Fryer

/ Direction

Patrick Sammon & Bennett Singer


* Patrick Sammon is a producer, director and writer who has a mix of experience in filmmaking, broadcast journalism and LGBTQI+ political advocacy.

** Bennett Singer is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making social-issue documentaries for more than 25 years.


* ** 2020 - Cured (Documentary)
** 2012 - Electoral Dysfunction (Documentary)
** 2003 - Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin (Documentary)

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