Passion River Films
2010, DVD, 84 minutes
Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards and honors, Brother Outsider illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, who has been described as "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.
Nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Festival and the winner of 8 Best Documentary Awards, Brother Outsider has been described as "a terrific film" (The New Yorker), "powerful and startling" (The Advocate), "beautifully crafted" (Boston Globe), "poignant" (TIME), "thoroughly honest" (Village Voice), and "marvelous" (Wall Street Journal).