|Awards||2008 San Francisco International Film Festival|
|Plot||A film that reveals the personal stories of Americans willing to risk their lives for a country that criminalizes the act of coming out. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how "don't ask don't tell" affects them during their tours of duty, as they struggle to maintain a double life. The film also follows gay veterans and young organizers turning to forms of personal activism to overturn the policy.... see Ask Not on IMDb|
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|THIS IS FOR PERSONAL HOME VIDEO USE ONLY. FOR EDUCATIONAL/INSTITUTIONAL VERSIONS, PLEASE VISIT http://newday.com/films/AskNot.html ASK NOT is a rare and intriguing exploration of the U.S. military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. The documentary exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law, and profiles the charismatic young activists who were instrumental in its dismantling. By revealing the personal stories of gay Americans who serve in combat under a veil of secrecy, ASK NOT provokes thoughtful dialogue about the merits of banning those who are honest about their sexual orientation from serving their country. "Timely and balanced...A strong, serious discussion of civil rights, and a look at Americans forced to choose between love for their country and love for another human being." -"Los Angeles Times" "ASK NOT has startling facts on its side...but the gay soldiers make the most potent case, simply by doing their jobs." -Jesse Ellison, "Newsweek" "Potent...engrossing...brisk and smart." -Dennis Harvey, "Variety" "After all that's been done to try to suppress, conceal and deny the truth about gays and lesbians in uniform, ASK NOT is a great gift. A rigorous and heartfelt look at the true costs of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the film gives voice to men and women who too often can't be heard, and brings light to a subject that-absurdly-remains very much in the shadows." -Dr. Nathaniel Frank, Senior Research Fellow, Palm Center, Author of "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America"|
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