Open Mind film series at UCLA Semel Institute

Live screening and discussion on Thursday, November 17, 2022  at 5:00pm PT

We are excited to partner with the Open Mind film series at UCLA Semel Institute and invite you to a private virtual screening of the award-winning documentary CURED, which highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ history when activists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won!

A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring the film’s co-producers and directors, Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer, in conversation with Dr. Andrew Solomon. Dr. Solomon is a world-renowned writer,  lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts, winner of the National Book Award, and an activist in LGBTQ rights and mental health.

Following the event, the full film will be available to stream online from November 17-24. You can register to watch the film at this page.

CURED, an award-winning PBS documentary, highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ and medical history when activists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won a crucial victory in the modern movement for LGBTQ equality and dignity.

Described as a “fascinating doc about doctors who took too long to heal themselves” (Hollywood Reporter) and “one of the best documentaries of this or any year” (British Film Institute) — and recently nominated for an Emmy Award — CURED takes viewers inside the David-versus-Goliath battle that led the American Psychiatric Association to remove the diagnosis of homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses in 1973.

While CURED highlights a little-known story from the past, its lessons are profoundly relevant today. Ultimately, the documentary celebrates the pathbreaking contributions of LGBTQ pioneers while demonstrating that even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, lasting social change is possible.