REVIEW: Fruit Machine searing portrayal of military LGBTQ discrimination

A harsh look at the federal military system in Canada and the gay purge that began in the 1940s outlines The Fruit Machine.

The film has come out following a June 2018 ruling that reconciliation and remembrance measures will take place following the decades-long discrimination, investigations and firings of suspected LGBTQ+ military members.

A number of military workers and federal workers were discriminated against for years as part of regulations that were in place from WWII and continued on.

Sarah Fodey — whose engrossing writing and steady direction makes this doc a must-see — handles the delicate material with grace.

The men and women interviewed are open and candid the entire time, and their struggle is personified into one giant national shame.

The Fruit Machine is an affecting film about one of the most despicable things done in Canadian history.

To see and hear the stories, and feel for the people whose struggle are broadcast for all here, is incredible.

It’s a tearjerker and an absolute gem of a film. It left me weeping, and I can’t believe just how amazing this documentary was.

4/5 Stars

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