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Little Sister's vs. Big Brother - DVD ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB521432
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Cari Green, Aerlyn Weissman
Directors:  Aerlyn Weissman
Producing Agencies:  Homeboys Productions Ltd. (Vancouver)
Subject:  Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2002
Running Time:  47:10


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Since it opened its doors in 1983, Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium, a pioneering gay and lesbian bookstore in Vancouver, has resisted bigotry, bombings, and books seized at the border. Named after a pushy little kitten, Little Sister's immediately became more than a bookstore--it became one of the rallying points for gay rights and free speech.

Little Sister's vs. Big Brother is about how this single bookstore took on the government's Customs office that had seized thousands of gay-themed books and magazines at the border, claiming the material was pornographic.

A fascinating case study in the history of gay rights and the fight for the freedom of speech we all take for granted, this documentary records the legal decisions, book seizures, moments of personal courage, and the shocking violence against the local gay community in what would wind up being a 15-year struggle of passion and principles.

Sparked by Little Sister's resistance, this dramatic story also features an extraordinary cast of international writers, including Pierre Berton, Jane Rule, Sarah Schulman and Nino Ricci, who speak out in defense of our rights to view what we choose.


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