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WATCH: A first look at Dustin Lance Black’s When We Rise

WATCH: A first look at Dustin Lance Black’s When We Rise

Rachel Griffiths and Guy Pearce head the cast of ABC's When We Rise.

Our first look at When We Rise, the eight-hour miniseries about the modern day LGBTI rights movement, is here.

A powerful new trailer with Guy Pearce, Mary Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths and Whoopi Goldberg shows glimpses of history beginning with the 1969 Stonewall Riots through today.

Goldberg plays Pat Norman, the first openly gay employee of the San Francisco Health Department, and speaks of equality in the clip: ‘This is much bigger than you realize. You all have to get yourselves together. This is everybody’s issue.’

The miniseries recreates riots on the streets, shows instances of gay bashing and the peaceful protests that follow.

‘After 3.5 years of hard work by so many dedicated souls, I’m thrilled to share the first trailer,’ writer and co-executive producer Dustin Lance Black tweeted today.

Black, who won the Academy Award for his screenplay for Milk, directed two of the seven episodes while the first two-hour episode is directed by Gus Van Sant.

Other cast members include Ivory Aquino, Carrie Preston, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jonathan Majors.

Rosie O’Donnell appears in one episode as Del Martin, cofounder of the US’s first lesbian organization.

Production on the miniseries about the history of the modern-day gay rights movement began in March after Black had spent three years researching, doing interviews and writing prior to shooting.

The miniseries premieres on ABC in February.