Brother Outsider now available on DVDTHE NEW YORK TIMES
JANUARY 19, 2008

What’s On This Week
By KATHRYN SHATTUCK

TONIGHT 8 P.M. (Logo Network)
BROTHER OUTSIDER: THE LIFE OF BAYARD RUSTIN (2003) Long before Martin Luther King Jr. rose to national prominence, Rustin was putting his life on the line in pursuit of racial equality. His advocacy of pacifism and Gandhian nonviolence made him a pioneer in the 1940s and, a decade later, an inspiration to King. But he was also a political liability, and eventually the civil rights movement shunned him, because he was gay. Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote that this film by Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer “moves through the complications of Rustin’s life — a black man who stayed out of the spotlight because he knew his homosexuality would cost the movement mainstream credibility — like a lunar cycle, tracking all of the turbulence around him and the power of his own gravitational pull.”

Accolades & Press Highlights

Africana.com: “Alive with ideas, fast-paced and surprising, and rich in humanity…”
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TIME Magazine: The “Invisible Man”: Why Bayard Rustin is the unknown hero of the civil rights movement
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The Advocate: A powerful new documentary examines the gay man who was the linchpin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade for civil rights
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Wall Street Journal: “Marvelous… a worthy tribute and to a powerful retelling of the civil-rights story…”
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Chicago Reader: “Eye-opening…a complex and nuanced portrait of a complex and nuanced individual.”
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Read more in our summary of critical acclaim – summary.pdf

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