Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House
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L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Connie and Ruthie have been partners for 25 years, following a long friendship begun in 1959 in Brooklyn.
Duration: 56 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Deborah Dickson
Starring: Ruthie Berman, Connie Kurtz
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They’re here! They’re queer! They’re Jewish! And they’re grandmothers! Meet Ruthie Berman and Connie Kurtz, who met in Brooklyn in 1959, both community leaders and good friends as they raised their families in a close knit neighborhood. But something else happened in 1974 …. they fell in love. This documentary follows Connie and Ruthie after 25 years together as partners and lovers. Much of the film involves their reminiscences on how hard it was to deal with the shame and embarrassment as they left their husbands and children. Even now, each woman’s relationships with her grown children feel the effects of that time.
We also see them as pioneers, suing the New York City Board of Education for domestic partnership benefits and winning, and forming a PFLAG chapter for retirees in their winter home in Florida. They are also active with a gay and lesbian synagogue in New York, and the film ends with their marriage ceremony there.
As one of their straight friends from back in the 1970s says, ‘The happiest couple we know, Ruth and Connie.’ This is a very personal profile, and it’s great to see such a long term couple up close and real. The documentary won several awards at gay and lesbian film festivals. (AB)