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My Sister, My Bride
A film by Bonnie Burt
2004, 26 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W05878
As the issue of gay marriage grips the country, this touching documentary follows the heartwarming and historic journey of two Jewish lesbians as they seek to celebrate their commitment to one another. Partners for five years, Farrell and Caren simply want to officially acknowledgment of their relationship like any other couple in love. Supported by their temple community in Nevada, the women put their own personal twist on a Jewish affirmation ceremony by creating their own: a B’rit Ahuvah. Two years later, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom orders the County Clerk to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Farrell and Caren travel from Nevada with baby in tow to be married at San Francisco City Hall in a civil ceremony. Together with thousands of other hopeful couples, they participate in what has become a defining moment in the ongoing struggle for equality in this country. A story of love, marriage and the Constitution, MY SISTER, MY BRIDE personalizes the current legal debates and serves as a testament to the sheer determination of couples and families fighting for their right to love.


  • Immaginaria International Women’s Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Washington DC Jewish Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival

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    “This tender film captures the highs and lows of their journey as a couple, and now a growing family…”
    San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    “Burt captures the enthusiasm and joy of the scene at City Hall.”
    Renata Polt
    Hadassah Magazine

    “Recommended…long on heart, courage, and true family and moral values.”
    Video Librarian

    “A moving film, one that conveys the exhilaration of the moment, as well as the underlying point: the need to grant equal rights to same-sex couples.”
    Ronnie Friedland

    "A good addition to any public or academic library collection. Highly Recommended."
    Educational Media Reviews Online

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