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Years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Colonel Patsy Thompson presided over the board that dismissed Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian, forcing her to confront her own secret and moral dilemma: she too was a lesbian. While Cammermeyer’s memoir was adapted as a 1995 television movie, executive-produced by Barbra Streisand, Thompson’s story remained a secret...until now. Thompson and her wife also candidly share how they wrestled with heart-wrenching choices in public and private, hiding their relationship, speaking in code on the phone and struggling to protect their love while preserving Thompson's career — and, how they emerged from the closet to become vibrant activists later in life.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Cindy L. Abel, film subjects Colonel Pat Thompson & Barbara Brass, Colonel Margarthe "Grethe" Cammermeyer, and moderator Steve Rothaus. To view the conversation please click here.


The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    79 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Cindy L. Abel
  • Screenwriter
    Cindy L. Abel, Jesse Freeman
  • Cast
    Patsy Thompson, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Barbara Brass, Eric Fanning
  • Cinematographer
    Michael Bruno
  • Editor
    Michael Bruno
  • Music
    Denise Gentilini