Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was the first open gay man with a political career in the United States. His success gained enormous importance for gay rights. This Oscar-winning drama directed by Gus Van Sant shows Milk's last eight years in San Francisco's Castro district. His campaigns gave him a seat in San Francisco's city council 1977, at the same time he gained opponents. On November 27, 1978, Milk and San Francisco's Mayor are assassinated by another member of the city council. The film was awarded with two Oscars, best original screenplay and Sean Penn won the prize for best male performance in a leading role.