Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black Milk and Under the banner of heaven, came out gay from his senior year of college. It was a struggle not only because of his Mormon upbringing and the acute belief he had grown up that he was destined for hell, but also because his mother’s initial response was antagonistic. Mom’s sonamong other things, is an exploration of how his mother came to and ultimately inspired him to become an activist.
The trailer’s most compelling twist comes when Black delivers his famous songwriting acceptance speech. Milk, in which he promised that gay and lesbian children would one day have the same rights. We all remember it, but his mother took it more seriously than anyone, reminding Black that a promise is not something to be taken lightly, and that he better get off the couch and to work for these rights to be equal. a reality. There’s no way you can stay still after mom takes care of your business like that.
Here is the official synopsis: “Returning to the places he grew up, Black explores his childhood roots, his gay identity and his close relationship with his mother, who overcame childhood polio, abusive marriages and Mormon dogma, while becoming Black’s emotional rock and eventual inspiration for his activism. Along with a wealth of personal photographs and heartfelt recollections of Black’s family, colleagues and friends, Mom’s son embraces the staff to tell a universally hopeful story of resilience and reconciliation through the power of love and shared stories.
Directed by Laurent Bouzereau (Natalie Wood: What’s Left Behind), the HBO documentary will air on October 18.