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Picturing Us Film Series: Prejudice and Pride

Fri, August 3rd, 2018 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories, NOMA presents six documentary films exploring the people and places that make New Orleans home. The films will be screened as part of Friday Nights at NOMA programming.

  • Friday, July 6, 7 pm: Tchoupitoulas
  • Friday, July 20, 7 pm: The Sons of Tennessee Williams
  • Friday, July 27, 7 pm: Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
  • Friday, August 3, 6 pm: Prejudice and Pride
  • Friday, August 10, 7 pm: Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together
  • Friday, August 17, 7 pm: By Invitation Only


Until 2016’s Pulse nightclub massacre, the deadliest attack on LGBT citizens was a fire intentionally set upon a gay bar in New Orleans in 1973, killing thirty-two people. But many people outside of New Orleans have never heard of the UpStairs Lounge fire—or are familiar with the effect it had on the gay community and subsequent gay rights movement. The intense homophobia of the time coupled with allegations of city officials embarrassingly sweepingly the tragedy under the rug have left it largely unknown in the LGBT historical narrative.

Upon the forty-fifth anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge tragedy, Prejudice and Pride recounts the fire and the aftermath that swept through New Orleans via new interviews with survivors, first responders, activists, journalists and family members of the dead.

The ABC News investigative team uncovers yet another tragedy—a victim and World War II veteran stripped of all dignity, discarded in an unmarked grave on the fringe of the city. On the trail to uncover his whereabouts, Prejudice and Pride journeys from the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter to its desolate outskirts. Can his family find him and the closure they seek? And will the UpStairs Lounge fire finally take its rightful place in gay rights’ history?

(Not rated | 2018 | 28 minutes)

Watch the trailer at this link.



Fri, August 3rd, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM