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For My Wife

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"for my wife..." is a culturally important documentary film that brings reason and substantive merit to the national dialogue on marriage equality. Faced with tragedy and humiliating discrimination at her partner's deathbed, Charlene Strong rose to prominence as an advocate for LGBT equality. Her journey inspires on a deep level, bringing a sense of triumph through unimaginable sorrow.

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  • Actors: Charlene Strong
  • Directors: David Rothmiller
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TNQ0NG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,070 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For My Wife" on IMDb

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"for my wife" is an exceptional documentary...it's a very personal story...well told by a woman overcoming great loss...a very passionate story about love and discrimination...this movie strikes at the heart of the struggle for equality...about why it's so important to get clear about it and have laws to protect it...i believe this documentary will open minds and hearts...it shows what discrimination really looks like in the lives of regular folks...it helps to educate people about the importance of equality...and will hopefully move people to fight for and or support equality
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"For My Wife" is a mixed bag as a documentary about the struggle for same-sex marriage. Charlene Strong tells her moving story of how she faced boundaries when she lost her longtime female partner at the hospital&the funeral home. She had Power of Attorney, yet she wasn't treated as next of kin. Charlene Strong, like her surname, showed real strength in her time of grief and loss. Insult adds to injury when she's treated as if she didn't exist. It is the ultimate devaluation as a person. Because she isn't a man, she is ignored.

Charlene later testifies in defense of a civil unions law in Washington state. She finds herself equated with those who abuse animals, dead bodies, and children... dehumanized after the loss of her partner.

The strengths of this documentary are Charlene's own story, as well as the legislative hearings in Washington. Unfortunately, the discussion of her media campaign bogs it down. It becomes more of a lecture on PR than a personal story. How she presented herself on CBS is discussed, rather than how Charlene met her partner, when she came out, etc. An entire aspect of her life is dismissed. Sadly, her late partner isn't discussed that much either. If there had been more emphasis on the personal stories of Charlene and her partner, this would've been a stronger film. Instead, it's more about how to present yourself to the media as an activist.
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This film is amazing - heart rending and motivating all at once. We were so moved and impressed that we have arranged to show it at the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival 2010 where it is headlining on the Saturday night. Fantastically well made, gripping and true, this story about the making of an activist from the roots of personal tragedy is extraordinary. You don't have to be gay to appreciate this film - you just have to be human. It gives us all hope that our actions can lead to change - an inspiration.
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I am so impressed with how elegantly this story has been told. A tragedy this overt carries enough drama, so I really appreciate the fact that Charlene and the director chose to take a more sophisticated approach, forgoing the predictable heart-string tugging for emotionally charged reality. Charlene is what I consider a hero of our time (and I never use that word lightly). She is unwaveringly telling the world that it is not acceptable to be cruel, and she is doing it with grace, strength and courage. She is a perfect example for us all.
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