Alan Turing is a name you may not know. But Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is one that many would recognize. In the trailer for the drama-documentary, Codebreaker, Wozniak states that Turing “came up with basically everything computers do today.”
In the first half of the twentieth-century, this British visionary contributed to the fields of mathematics and computer science. During World War II, he helped to decode Nazi communications, which played a significant part in winning the war.
So why has Turing’s name not found a place in history? Because in 1952, Britain still had a statute against homosexuality, and Turing was gay. His arrest and the harrowing ordeal that followed led to his suicide at the age of 41 and the obscurity of his achievements.
However, Codebreaker is on its way to increasing visibility and recognition for Turing’s accomplishments. The film has already screened at sold-out events in Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco.
South Florida audiences have a chance to learn about Alan Turing at its own premiere of Codebreaker, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at AMC Coral Ridge10 in Fort Lauderdale.
Located in Wilton Manors, SunServe is a South Florida nonprofit offering counseling, support groups, education and outreach to individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning (LGBTQ).
CenterLink, an association for LGBT community centers and organizations, provides support for centers in the U.S. as well as in other countries. It has been based in Fort Lauderdale since 1994.
Denise Spivak, Director of Membership at CenterLink, discussed the inception of the Codebreaker premieres:
“The filmmakers approached CenterLink,” she said. “We thought it was a great opportunity for communities to learn about Alan Turing, and for LGBT community centers to have the opportunity to partner with the filmmakers and to have the added benefit of using [the premieres] to raise funds.”
The subject matter of Codebreaker holds particular relevance for the LGBT community.
“Unfortunately, this is a story that we continue to hear all too often,” said Spivak. “People (especially youth) taking their lives because of harassment and bullying due to their sexuality (actual or perceived).”
Furthermore, Chad Thilborger, Director for Institutional Advancement at SunServe, explained how Codebreaker connects to their organization’s purpose. “SunServe has a highly regarded cultural competency training/education program that trains both clinicians and community members about issues facing the LGBTQ community. This film is another example of how important that work is.”
Thilborger added that “SunServe and CenterLink both see the event as a way of raising awareness about a person vital both to LGBT and world history.”
If you go to the Codebreaker Film Premiere
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
AMC Coral Ridge10
3401 NE 26th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL