Was the disco era a shallow time of hedonistic excess or was it part of an important time of protest? Keeping in mind the liberation of gays, African Americans and women, director Jamie Kastner’s thesis is that the era is gravely misunderstood.

Mixing 35 mm vintage footage with interviews with anthropological and cultural experts as well as some of the biggest names from the 1970’s heydays, Kastner paints a picture that highlights some of the triumphs of disco music. Dance clubs lured people onto euphoric dance floors to groove together, blending gay and straight of all colors in a harmonic place free from judgment.

Kastner follows the timeline right to when the “Disco Sucks” movement stepped in and put rock’n’roll back in charge. The implication is that this was rooted in homophobia and racism. The serious subjects are mixed with anecdotes about sex and drugs from former disco stars such as Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor and Martha Wash.

Ralph Chesterson

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Title
The Secret Disco Revolution
Director
Jamie Kastner
Country
Canada, USA, UAE, Great Britain
Length
90 min
Festival
2012
Section
Documania
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Peter Keleghan (narrator), Gloria Gaynor, Village People, Kool & The Gang, Harry Wayne, KC & The Sunshine Band
Producer
Jamie Kastner
Script
Jamie Kastner
Music
Jamie Shields, David Wall, Adam B. White

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