Freeheld (2007)




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A terminally ill New Jersey police officer struggles against city council's decision to deny the transfer of her pension to her domestic partner in documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade's earnest look at one woman's fight for equal rights in the land of the free. Veteran lieutenant Laurel Hester is a police officer who has dedicated 25 years of her life to serving the community. Upon learning that she has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Hester seeks to provide for longtime partner, Stacie Andree, by transferring her pension. A wrinkle arises in Hester's plan, however, when the elected officials of New Jersey county ("The Freeholders") deny Hester's humble request. Without transfer of the funds, Andree will lose the home that the couple has spent their lives building together. Now, as their friends and neighbors rally around in support of the couple, Hester is forced to spend her final days not simply enjoying the company of the one she holds dearest, but racing against the clock to ensure that the love of her life won't be destitute due to a broken and biased system.


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[Wade] is clearly a biased filmmaker, but Freeheld never for a moment pretends to be anything other than activist filmmaking, passionate about its cause.

Jun 11, 2012 | Rating: 51/100 | Full Review…

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I can't find strong enough words, to recommend this award-winning documentary. It's a testament on how people (who are uncomfortable with others being different) hide behind laws, conventions, or institutions, and forget THE MOST SIMPLE THING OF ALL: that we are all human, despite our differences. The film celebrates humanity. It's a must see. Congrats to Cynthia Wade, I wish there were more people out there who are human so that we didn't need people like her to remind us how to be ourselves. More at:

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