It&#39s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society&#39s reaction (the obscenity trial), and animation that echoes the poem&#39s surreal style. All three coalesce in hybrid that dramatizes the birth of a counterculture.