January 19, 2009

The Laramie Project

I watched The Laramie Project today. We've had the movie at home for weeks, gathering dust by the TV, and I've often asked Roy if he wanted to watch it.

"Too depressing," he said.

And that's true. It's the story of Matthew Shepard and the hate crime committed against him in October 1998. It's not exactly light and fun. But in the spirit of what today stands for, I decided to watch it. And I'd recommend it.

The most emotional part was the dramatization of Dennis Shepard's (Matthew's father) speech, which can be heard in the video below:

The full text of the speech can be found here. It's definitely worth a read.

At the risk of sounding trite, I'll say this: I will never forget Matthew Shepard or his legacy of social justice and equality.


Jessica said...

I acted in the stage version of this several years ago. It broke my heart. It's depressing, but it's the kind of depression we all need to go through, you know?

Crazy Daisy said...

I saw the film a couple years ago, at the beginning of my grad program. Heartbreaking, yes. However it is something I think everyone should see.

Valley Girl said...

I'd be too sad to watch it too.