Dear Jesse (1998)




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In this personal documentary, gay filmmaker Tim Kirkman breaks up with his lover in New York and returns to his home state of North Carolina where he talks to numerous people in an effort to gain an understanding of North Carolina's homophobic senator, Jesse Helms. Kirkman's interviews include the widow of a former Helms associate whose son died of AIDS, and a gay elected official who views Helms as evil. Observing that Helms is "obsessed with homosexual men -- and so am I," Kirkman concludes that many attack Helms in a manner not much different from the way Helms denounces those who are gay. Black-and-white footage used for New York scenes is seen in contrast to colorful North Carolina footage. Shown at the 1997 Boston Film Festival.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Dear Jesse

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

What [director] Kirkman succeeds in doing is proving that [Jesse] Helms and his bigotry should not personify North Carolina.

Full Review… | April 27, 2005
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Full Review… | December 3, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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November 3, 2003
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
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A memorable documentary.

March 1, 2009

Audience Reviews for Dear Jesse


A simple and moving documentary, it has a straightforward approach that is appealing. It's and honest and very personal film. Well done.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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