“Pride” is a powerful film



Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Pride is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy about finding hope and friendship where you least expect it.

It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Dominic West (300) and Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz). (Dir. by Matthew Warchus, 2014, UK, 120 mins., Rated R)

Carolyn’s note: I saw this movie yesterday and it is an amazingly touching, true  story about how gays/lesbians in London in 1984 helped raise $ for striking coal miners in England and the U.K., and were befriended by a mining community in Wales (but not without adversity).   It is an unlikely alliance of cultural communities and it does show that love and acceptance can conquer hatred and prejudice. Lots of British humor and accents for lovers of foreign films as well. The beginning of the  AIDS/HIV epidemic is also addressed.

“Pride” opened on Oct. 24 and is staying another week, till Nov. 6th.  Playing 2:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the independent Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).