My Sister, My Bride

A film by Bonnie Burt

2004 | 26 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 05878


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.


“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

“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


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


Bonnie Burt

Bonnie Burt has been documenting Jewish life for over 20 years. Previous works include: A HOME ON THE RANGE: THE JEWISH CHICKEN RANGERS OF PETALUMA (2002), SONG OF A JEWISH COWBOY (2002), ABRAHAM AND EUGENIA: STORIES FROM JEWISH CUBA (1995), and TREES CRY FOR RAIN: A SEPHARDIC JOURNEY (1989). Her videos have been seen at the Museum of Modern Art and at Lincoln Center in New York as well as in film festivals world wide and on television. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and teenage son. (07/12)


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