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Ask Not [videorecording]

Persistent Visions presents ; a film by Johnny Symons ; directed and produced by Johnny Symons ; co-producer, Leah Wolchok ; a co-production of Persistent Films LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Video; DVD
ASK NOT exposes the tangled political battles that led to DADT and examines the societal shifts that have occurred since its 1993 passage. Since the law's implementation, more than 12,000 personnel have been discharged including linguists and others whose skills are critical to military operations. Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how the policy has affected them during their tours of duty as they struggle to maintain a double life, uncertain of whom they can trust. The film also explores how gay veterans and youth organizers are turning to activism to challenge DADT. More than 15 years after DADT was passed, scores of retired and active military officers support doing away with it. The film looks at the history of "don't ask, don't tell" and as attitudes change, examines its ramifications for gay and lesbian individuals and for the military itself.
Johnny Symons
Commentators, Alex Nicholson, Alan Steinman, Fred Fox, Aaron Belkin, Jarrod Chlapowski, Haven Herrin, Jake Reitan, Graham Beard, Alexander Gurgin, Nina Chlapowski, Sam Chlapowski, Duane Cramer, Rhonda Davis, Craig Jones, Mireille Key, Dennis Lalch, Robert Maginnis, David Mixner, Charles Moskos, Kevin Olson, Vince Patton.
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73 min.
In English with occasional other languages subtitled in English; closed captioned (broadcast version)
  • Theatrical version originally produced as a motion picture in 2008.
  • Broadcast version Originally broadcast by PBS as an episode of the television series Independent lens on June 16, 2009.
  • Special features: Daddy & Papa trailer (2 min.); Links & resources [text feature].
Related Title
Independent lens (Television program)
  • Theatrical version. Intro
  • Order & discipline
  • "Perry" leaves home
  • Birth of a policy
  • Right to serve
  • "Perry" learns to fit in
  • Alex talks back
  • Jarrod & Alex
  • An intriguing ad
  • Invisible man
  • Confronting the cadets
  • Survival
  • A global perspective
  • 12,000 flags
  • The right side of history
  • Clinton's regret
  • Unknown soldier
  • End credits (73 min.).
  • Broadcast version. Intro
  • Call to duty origins
  • End credits (54 min.).
9781574482362, 157448236X
Editor, Andrew Gersh ; camera, S. Leo Chiang, Peter LoGreco, Andy Schocken ; music composed by Norman Arnold ; research, Christie Herring, Leah Wolchok.
[Oakland, CA] : Persistent Films LLC ; Harriman, NY : Distributed by New Day Films, c2008.
Terms of Use
Includes public performance rights.
Related Resources
Official website (theatrical version)
Official website (broadcast version)
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD-R; this disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
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