Surviving the Silence Affiche de film

Surviving the Silence

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Director: Cindy Abel
  • Length: 1h 20m


Years before Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Col. Patsy Thompson was forced to expel Army hero Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian. What no one knew was that Thompson was as well. The way Thompson handled the military trial, however, led to Cammermeyer's re-instatement via federal court and eventual change in military policy.

While Cammermeyer's memoir was adapted as a 1995 television movie by Barbra Streisand, Thompson's story remained a secret...until now. In addition to revealing history, SURVIVING THE SILENCE explores Thompson's life with now-wife Barbara Brass.

Change Location