A SECRET LOVE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

The best thing about the Netflix documentary A Secret Love is that it treats its female subjects not like radical beings from an less-enlightened age or a history lesson from the past. Instead, we see Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel simply as human beings who fell in love in 1947 but weren’t able to acknowledge the truth of their relationship — given legal and societal barriers — to their conservative families and the world at large for over 60 years.

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A SECRET LOVE – Review by Loren King

The intimate documentary A Secret Love chronicles the life partnership between Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel that began in the very closeted 1940s and endured for the next 70 years. This fascinating and inspiring look at ordinary LGBT lives woven through history is the best part of the film and the reason to watch.

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A SECRET LOVE – Review by Pam Grady

The history of LGBTQ people from the mid-20 century on in North America is contained in Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel’s story, the subterfuge society required giving way to a judgmental niece carping that it’s sinful that they are not married. In some ways, A Secret Love is a time capsule, but more than that, it is an affecting portrait of a couple’s unshakeable bond in the twilight of their lives.

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PRAY AWAY (TFF2020) – Review by Sarah Ward

Kristine Stolakis’ debut feature-length documentary Pray Away takes its evisceration of the belief that sexual orientation and gender identity are sicknesses to be cured, sins to be remedied and crimes to be punished to the next potent and moving level.

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MORGANA – Review by Sarah Ward

Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess’s sex-positive, anti-ageist documentary celebrates Morgana Muses’ later-in-life sexual awakening and new career, the empowerment that came with it, her role in championing pornography made for the female gaze and the inspirational status she now holds; however it doesn’t hide the engrained self-doubt that continues to plague its subject.

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