It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives

Rosa von Praunheim

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Documentary, 1971, 67′

Two years after the abolition of Section 175 of the German criminal code, which criminalized homosexual acts, Praunheim’s film became a fundamental work for political cinema. It triggered society debates on the visibility of gay culture and movements for its liberation in several countries. The film shows Daniel leaving the countryside for the city and his passage through different gay subcultures. And we hear voices that were in silence until then.