The Times of Harvey Milk

Film. Directed by Rob Epstein. 1984. 90 minutes.
Documentary on the political career and assassination of Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay supervisor.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, LGBTQ

One of the first feature documentaries to address gay issues in America, this film follows the political career of Harvey Milk and portrays life inside San Francisco’s Castro District community of the seventies. Milk became an icon of gay political achievement and advocacy for civil and human rights through his journey from grassroots neighborhood activist to San Francisco’s first openly gay supervisor. The film uses original interviews, exclusive documentary footage, news reports, and archival footage to document the life, political visions, and 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk.

By Rob Epstein and Richard Schmeichen.



  • Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, 1985
  • Special Jury Prize at the first Sundance Film Festival

This documentary is currently available to watch on HBO Max.

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