Last night at Anthology Film Archives, one of my favorite cinemas, I saw a most remarkable documentary: Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives. Released in 1978, the year of my birth, the film consists of highly engaging interviews with some two dozen lesbians and gay men on the subject of being queer. Each is filmed at home, indoors or outdoors, and the personal objects (and pets!) that surround them are as telling as what they have to say. I was prepared for the film to be a tear-jerker, and indeed I did well up when two people separately discussed their experiences at psychiatric hospitals, where they'd been sent to be "cured." I wasn't prepared, however, for the utter joy that every person felt in being him- or herself—in the adventure of being different, as one woman put it. I think that's why Word Is Out was so influential at its release (and it was influential—see the following articles). There's nothing aberrant about happiness, about perseverance—about living life on one's own terms. They don't make pure documentaries like this anymore; this restored version runs through Feb. 4 at Anthology.