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The Freedom to Marry

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Well-crafted documentary about quest for marriage equality.

Movie NR 2017 86 minutes
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With a mix of interviews and news footage, director Eddie Rosenstein gives audiences an immersive, empathetic peek at history in the making. He also shows the struggle during the days leading up the fateful 2015 Supreme Court decision, painstakingly tracing the many steps that led to the monumental win for advocates of same-sex marriage.

Successful documentaries illuminate not just the scope of large-scale societal moments but also detail the journey and illuminate the cast of characters who helped make history. The Freedom to Marry accepts this challenge and runs with it. It beautifully humanizes the movement's fighters -- particularly Wolfson, who devised the core strategy and doggedly saw it through for decades, and attorney Mary Bonauto, as well as the court case plaintiffs, who'd long taken up the battle for equality despite unending opposition.

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