When We Rise

TV review by Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

History of the gay rights movement in docu-drama style.

ABC Drama 2017

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

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age 14+

Based on 1 review

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Imperfect but inspiring. Intersects the very different lives of three gay people, two men and a woman, from very different backgrounds as they join forces to stand up for the dignity and rights of "their people". An important story to be told, and the main message is "One struggle. One fight." I particularly enjoyed the younger versions of the actors and found that the "10 years later" transition in the third episode looked more like at least 20 years worth of aging. And the older actors did not resemble the younger ones, making this transition a bit jarring. But I was moved to tears in each episode, and found this well worth watching. It would provide good background for older teenagers, including those who self-identify as gay, to help them gain perspective on how they are now standing on the shoulders of those who have come before. Some violence, sex, and drugs, true—but not to show any would have been unrealistic. And this is an important visual document for the gay community in the U.S., especially as their struggle continues.

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