I am pleased to announce a public, free screening of Academy the Award-Winning film Freeheld. Transcendence is happy to co-sponsor the screening with Equality Ohio. I have seen the film and found it incredibly powerful, poignant and memorable. It is a stinging indictment against discrimination and a righteous call to action to fight for full equality for same-gender couples in the US. The Screening is:
(2007. 38 minutes. Directed by Cynthia Wade.)
Friday, September 12, 2008
The Women's Center, 107 Hanna Hal
Refreshments Provided. Optional discussion after the film.
Here is a synopsis from the film's website:
Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved.
The documentary film "Freeheld" chronicles Laurel's struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials - the Ocean County Freeholders -deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel's battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain.
As Laurel's plight intensifies, it spurs a media frenzy and a passionate advocacy campaign. At the same time, "Freeheld" captures a quieter, personal story: that of the deep love between Laurel and Stacie as they face the reality of losing each other. Alternating from packed public demonstrations at the county courthouse to quiet, tender moments of Laurel and Stacie at home, "Freeheld" combines tension-filled political drama with personal detail, creating a nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice.
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