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“They were truly in love. What happened to them is horrible — it’s elder abuse and it’s happening all over. We’re hopeful this film can make a difference.” – CHER
Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.
AWARDS FOR EDITH+EDDIE
WINNER of Best Documentary Short Film at Hamptons International Film Festival 2017
WINNER of the Jury Award for Best Documentary at Palm Springs International ShortFest
WINNER of the Award for Best Documentary at Tallgrass Film Festival
WINNER of the Audience Award at Montclair Film Festival
WINNER Best Documentary Short at Nevada City Film Festival
WINNER of the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short (Youth Jury) at Rhode Island International Film Festival
Honorable Mention for Short Doc Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017
WORLD PREMIERE – True/False Film Festival
What happens when someone’s life is taken out of his/her own hands? Who has their best interest in mind? Filmmaker Laura Checkoway (Lucky) presents an unforgettable emotional portrait of a guardianship abuse case. The story of Edith+Eddie is a testament to all elders who deserve dignity and the right to live out their last days as they have earned.
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Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison got married in Virginia at ages 96 and 95. Dancing at the honky-tonk and going to church, their newlywed life is filled with affection, prayer and faith. Since tying the knot, both Edith and Eddie have experienced an awakening; they have a new reason to get up in the morning. At the start of each day, he helps her put in her teeth. They enjoy exercising and relaxing by the river. They are always holding hands. However, this fairytale love story hovers in great contrast to a nightmarish reality. The couple is embroiled in a legal battle between Edith’s daughters, over Edith’s estate and her rights. Edith has been diagnosed with mild dementia. Edith’s daughter Rebecca is advocating for Edith’s right to stay in her own home with Eddie. Rebecca’s sister Patricia, who lives in Florida, is pursuing the sale of the home and Edith’s eviction. The daughters are unable to reach an agreement so a court has appointed an outside guardian for Edith, named Jessica Niesen. Stripped of her own decision making, Edith is now a ward of the state. Edith and Eddie’s marriage is in danger of being torn apart. Then things take a dramatic turn. (29 min.)
What does Eddie love about Edith? Watch the exclusive clip below:
Director/Producer: Laura Checkoway
Producer: Thomas Lee Wright
Executive Producers: Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg, Cher
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