Saturday, May 4, 2013

Paragraph 175

2000 British/German/American Feature

Cast: Rupert Everett, Klaus Müller, Karl Gorath, Pierre Seel, Annette Eick, Albrecht Becker, Gad Beck and Heinz Dörmer
Directors: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Writer: Sharon Wood

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals under Paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code of 1871.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 93% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 85% / Audience: 8.3%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD: Available


  • Berlin International Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize for Forum of New Cinema and Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary.
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Award for Best Documentary.
  • Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Documentary.
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary.
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Award for Excellence.
  • Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for Documentary.

  • Paragraph 175, German Penal Code, 1871: "An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed."
  • Between 1933 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested under Paragraph 175. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Only about 4,000 survived. In 2000, fewer than ten of these men were known to be living. Five come forward in the documentary to tell their stories for the first time, considered to be among the last untold stories of the Third Reich.

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