Analysis of a Film


Analysisof a Film

Analysisof the film “The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t tell”

TheStrange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t tellis a documentary about the challenges of the gay and lesbiancommunities in the military service. However, this documentary doesnot seem to address the plights of the lesbian and gay servicemembers. The movie demonstrates the complex and long history of thegay men and women in the military as well as the consequence harshdiscriminatory views that led to Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell.In addition, the film documents the historic impacts that the gaysoldiers had on defining the burgeoning models of gay self-identity(HBO, 2016). These models or ideals are based in the communities thatexisted in the pre-stonewall era (HBO, 2016). There are severalpoliticians that have been highlighted, whose efforts weresignificant in repealing the Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell Policy.

Additionally,there are activists and activist organizations that played essentialrole in the Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell policysuch as Aubrey Sarvis of the Legal Defence Network of ServiceMembers, individual soldiers themselves as well as The Log CabinRepublicans (HBO, 2016). During this period, the movie highlights thesuspected gay service members matched in front of other soldiers inhandcuffs. The suspected gay members are seen escorted by militarypolice for extreme interrogation on the perceptions of homosexuality(HBO, 2016). In this case, many of them were never accorded fairhearing and any chance to defend their honor. The documentaryhighlights the wrongs that were committed against such men such asdisregarding their personal sacrifices and services in the military.However, towards the end the movie gives hope to the many gay andlesbian service men and women who were forced to silence theirrights.

Thisfilm highlights some class concepts under social injustices such asinequality and prejudice. The debate on gay and lesbian rights hasbeen going on for decades with extreme opposition mainly fromreligious and some preservative societies. The film depicts howservice men and women who were regarded gay or lesbian being oustedfrom the military service officially. As the documentary properlyhighlights, this was during the World War II.

Socialchallenges with regards to extreme discrimination against gays andlesbians were heightened during 1970’s. However, they were allowedto serve openly in the military after the United States President,Bill Clinton passed that particular bill. As seen in the classconcepts, social injustices are typically experienced by minoritygroups who face resistance from the society as well as recognitionfrom the government. In this documentary for instance, the gays andlesbians got resistance from the intransigent Congress and themilitary (HBO, 2016). This indicates high levels of humaninequalities. There are many moments of heart break as shown in thedocumentary as a result of murder, expulsion from the militaryservice.

Ibelieve that the main intention of this documentary was to advocatefor the gay and lesbian rights. This is because the documentaryspends long lengths of time to interview gay members, legislators,advocates and the Legal Defense Network. In this regard, thedocumentary hopes to change many people’s perceptions and attitudestowards the lesbian and gay communities. However, unfortunately aswitnessed in the harsh discriminatory policies aimed against thisgroup, this group seems to be struggling with discrimination. This isas witnessed in the recent Orlando Shootings that happened in a gaybar. In conclusion, this movie successfully depicts how formidableprejudice and social inequality can cause harm.


YouTube HBO. (2016) TheStrange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Film.Retrieved from,&lt Accessed. June 23, 2016