RUTHIE & CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE
DIR: DEBORAH DICKSON, 2002, U.S.A., 16MM, 56 MIN.
Meet Ruthie and Connie - two Jewish lesbians from Brooklyn who have been the best of friends for 40 years and lovers for the past 25. They are every bit as entertaining as Dorothy and Blanche from the Golden Girls, but this is their real life story.
They met in 1959 while living with their husbands and children in an apartment building they fondly refer to as the Jewish ghetto. They became fast friends as they initiated projects to improve the neighborhood. Then in 1974 Ruthie asked Connie to kiss her and the earthquake began. They left their husbands and children sending a shockwave through this close-knit community. For Connie it was liberating, but for Ruthie it was heart wrenching. What follows is a truly inspiring story of overcoming heartache and homophobia as they return to their activist roots and emerge as national heroines.
Oscar-nominated director Debra Dickson brilliantly introduces us to Ruthie and Connie through their charming everyday escapades. Whether they are demonstrating how they destroyed their first love letters (for fear of being found out), waltzing on the boardwalk at Coney Island or planning their commitment ceremony at the gay synagogue, we come to adore these courageous, feisty, witty women as if they were our own family. For the young and the old, RUTHIE AND CONNIE: EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE is an uplifting, extraordinary documentary about the beauty and power of two women in love.
- Kirsten Schaffer, Senior Programmer
PLUS SHORT: LIVES OF THE PHARAOHS
DIR: JONATHAN WALD, 2001, U.S.A., 16MM, 15 MIN.
POST-SCREENING CENTERPIECE RECEPTION, DGA ATRIUM
IN COLLABORATION WITH: Beth Chayim Chadashim, C.O.O.L. (Coalition of Older Lesbians), Congregation Kol Ami and PFLAG/LA (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
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