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The lighting of the film is also interesting. In all the scenes where there is anything more than kissing between two men all the lighting is very low and it is hard to see anything that is happening. By doing this, the movie does not loose any of the intimacy. It allows for a more conservative audience to not feel uncomfortable when watching the film. By not shunning a certain kind of audience, the story is able to be opened up for people who would not normally have watched it. It would also be possible that a more liberal audience would not be open to seeing two men naked together. Even though the gay rights movement is making strides there are still things that people need to become more accustomed to seeing. The director takes that into perspective when filming these scenes. Enough light is provided so as to see the outlines of faces and bodies but not bright enough to see any more detail past that. The dimness of the lighting makes sure that the focus is not on the romantic relationships and more on the issues. In the final scene of the candlelight vigil, the candles are so extremely highlighted against their background that it makes the whole scene so much brighter and magnifies the message of unity. In 2009, the Senate passed a bill that added sexual preference to the list of hate crimes (Hulse p 1). Even though it was still illegal to murder a homosexual, now the consequences of doing so with the knowledge of their sexual orientation made the punishment for the crime more severe. It also added that if local police were not able to properly investigate the crime, federal 3
authorities were able to come in and help (Hulse p 7). This means that people could not say that there was special treatment in investigations because it makes sure that there is equal access to justice. Also, by adding to the hate crime protections, another group that is at risk for abuse is now covered. In the film, a turning point for moving Harvey into politics was the brutal assault and arrests by police officers towards gay men. The film states that they were later brought up on charges of “blocking the sidewalk” (Milk DVD). There is such a dramatic change now from his time because gays are now protected from civilian and police brutality. The main piece of