Documentary film &quotFreeheld&quot wins Academy Award

by Admin

Listen to an interview with the director Cynthia Wade on "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese"

Detective Lieutenant Laurel Hester spent 25 years investigating tough cases in Ocean County, New Jersey, protecting the rights of victims and putting her life on the line. She had no reason to expect that in the last year of her life, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, that her final battle for justice would be for the woman she loved.

The documentary film "Freeheld" chronicles Laurel's struggle to transfer her earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. With less than six months to live, Laurel refuses to back down when her elected officials - the Ocean County Freeholders -deny her request to leave her pension to Stacie, an automatic option for heterosexual married couples. The film is structured chronologically, following both the escalation of Laurel's battle with the Freeholders and the decline of her health as cancer spreads to her brain.

Listen to an interview with Director Cynthia Wade on our show "The Agenda with Joe Solmonese" on XM Satellite Radio.


Read more about the film at http://www.freeheld.com/ or watch the acceptance speech from the Academy Awards at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dXp1l--1hA

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