Coming to theatres tomorrow, Thursday, June 7:
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The decades-long love between a lesbian couple serves to revisit the story of marriage equality in the US.
Zaccaro’s hour-long film focuses on Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, a couple whose story was already told in 2009’s EDIE & THEA: A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT by filmmakers Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir. As recounted there, Edie and Thea, who met in the early 1960s, finally married in 2007, after decades as community activists. Covering much of the same territory for its background about their lives and the saga of same sex marriage, this film continues their story after Thea passed away in 2009. Facing estate taxes because her marriage rights were not recognized by the federal government, Edie took to the courts, ultimately facing off against DOMA in the case which lends this film its subtitle and which overturned that shortsighted, discriminatory law. While Edie is without question a pioneer and a hero, this project unfortunately feels like a bit of an also-ran given the familiarity of her story from the previous film and that of the defeat of DOMA from various docs on the subject of same sex marriage in recent years.