Dear Jesse (1997)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Gender Issues, Politics & Government, Social Issues  |   Release Date - Jun 26, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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In this personal documentary, gay filmmaker Tim Kirkman breaks up with his lover in New York and returns to his home state of North Carolina where he talks to numerous people in an effort to gain an understanding of North Carolina's homophobic senator, Jesse Helms. Kirkman's interviews include the widow of a former Helms associate whose son died of AIDS, and a gay elected official who views Helms as evil. Observing that Helms is "obsessed with homosexual men -- and so am I," Kirkman concludes that many attack Helms in a manner not much different from the way Helms denounces those who are gay. Black-and-white footage used for New York scenes is seen in contrast to colorful North Carolina footage. Shown at the 1997 Boston Film Festival.

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filmmaker, homophobia, homosexual, politician, Senator