TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: U.S. v WINDSOR
June 25 only
“A vivid and triumphant tale.” — Paul Schindler, Gay City News
The court case that caused the repeal of D.O.M.A. nearly five years ago to the day, involved one tenacious attorney and a plaintiff’s denial of federal benefits upon the death of her partner of over 40 years.
This a feature-length documentary that tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles unlikely heroes — octogenarian Edie Windsor and her attorney, Roberta Kaplan, on their quest for justice: Edie had been forced to pay a huge estate tax bill upon the death of her spouse because the federal government denied federal benefits to same-sex couples – and Edie’s spouse was a woman. Deeply offended by this lack of recognition of her more than forty-year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government – and won. Windsor and Kaplan’s legal and personal journeys are told in their own words, and through interviews with others of the legal team, movement activists, legal analysts, well-known supporters and opponents. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement and the stories behind it, the film also tells the story of our journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights.
Directed by Donna Zaccaro. 63 min. 2017. Digital HD.
Followed by exclusive footage of Director Donna Zaccaro, Windsor Attorney Roberta Kaplan, and Freedom to Marry Founder & President Evan Wolfson in conversation, shot at the 2018 Manhattan Film Festival (19 min.)
NOTE FILMS START RIGHT AT THE LISTED SHOWTIME. Roxie Theater trailers play during the 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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