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Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House (2002)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, News | 3 June 2002 (USA)
Meet the Jewish great grandmothers from Brooklyn who launched the marriage equality movement.


Deborah Dickson
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Ruth Berman Ruth Berman ... Self (as Ruthie Berman)
Connie Kurtz Connie Kurtz ... Self


They're Jewish, they're grandmothers, and they're lesbians. But they're also so much more, as you'll find out in Deborah Dickson's powerful and intimate documentary. Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz first met in Brooklyn in 1959, both young married women raising their young children. Becoming fast friends, they soon both moved with their families near Coney Island, where they became active community leaders. Then, in 1974, something incredible happened - they fell in love. Though struggling with homophobia, both society's and their own, Ruth and Connie decided to leave their marriages and children for one another. While it hasn't always been smooth sailing, they've ridden out the rough spots with humor, passion, and wisdom, redefining and reinventing their own version of "family values." Along the way, their political spirit resurfaces, leading to their fight against the New York City Board of Education for domestic partner benefits, and their establishment of a PFLAG chapter for retirees... Written by Anonymous

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saw this on the Logo channel...
8 April 2007 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

It is actually very good. Ruthie and Connie are two older women who have found love at a relatively late age; they were neighbors in NYC, and already had grandchildren when their relationship developed.

We see them in NY, with groups of friends, and also visiting their community in Florida. Their tenderness and concern for each other is moving, and at times humorous. It is positive to see their love and regard for each other, even with resistance of their own children.

I am glad for channels like this, where normally the mainstream does not get exposed to these kind of positive stories. To me, it is still censorship if an audience is not exposed to any human stories. I for one am tired of reviews screaming "liberal bias, or agenda". This is just a telling story about two women and brings something positive to the table for discussion. This is highly recommended,it is a positive, life-affirming story well worth seeing. 9/10.

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