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To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor

Director - Donna Zaccaro
Run Time - 63 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2018
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- American Studies, Criminal Justice, History (U.S.), Human Rights, Law & Legal Studies, LGBTQ Studies, New Releases, Political Science, Women's Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v. Windsor tells a story of love, marriage and a fight for equality. The film chronicles two 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 40+ year relationship with the love of her life, Edie decided to sue the United States government - and won. Beyond the story of this pivotal case in the marriage equality movement, the film also tells the story of our journey as a people, as a culture, and as citizens with equal rights.

Windsor and Kaplan's legal and personal journeys are told in their own words, and through interviews with others, including Lillian Faderman, a leading scholar on LGBTQ history, and Evan Wolfson, who first at Lambda Legal and later as founder of Freedom to Marry was the godfather of marriage equality in the US and now worldwide. Legal observers, including Jeffrey Toobin from CNN and Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio, also lend their insights.

"In her moving documentary, director Donna Zaccaro establishes both the historical and emotional context for a landmark Supreme Court decision. The film explores the powerful experience of gay rights pioneer - and vivacious personality - Edie Windsor and her fight to be recognized legally as the wife of her decades-long partner, Thea Spyer. The film reminds us that there are individual human experiences behind the legal decisions that impact an entire country." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Heartfelt...eloquent...beautifully told. Succinctly reveals the simple truths at the heart of this fight: humanity, love, and dignity. A must-see." - GAY STAR NEWS

"A wonderful film...powerful and incredible touching. It offers an intimate look at Windsor as a gay rights pioneer, and its correlation with the Stonewall Riots, the AIDS crisis, the Defense of Marriage Act and other staples of LGBTQ history." - CLEVELAND SCENE

"A vivid and triumphant tale." - GAY CITY NEWS

Manhattan Film Festival 2018: Best Feature Documentary

Winston-Salem Out At the Movies Festival 2018: Best Documentary Feature

North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2018: Best Documentary Feature

Impact Docs Awards 2018: Award of Excellence Feature Documentary

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