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Bubbeh Lee & Me

Andy Abrahams Wilson; Wilson, Andy Abrahams; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
This Emmy-nominated documentary is a hilarious portrait of an extraordinary, ordinary grandmother and a touching account of her grandson's search for his place in the world. Whether taking daily excursions to the grocery store to return under-ripe produce or sharing hard-won wisdom over blintzes on Rosh Hashanah, Lee Abrahams is a woman who lives life on her own terms. For her grandson, a young gay man born to a Jewish mother and Protestant father, 87-year old Bubbeh Lee is a vital link to self and cultural identity, and to unconditional love and acceptance. As the two of them relate feelings of love lost or hidden, kibbitz about strategies for shopping, and avoid meddling matchmakers, the strength of their bond emerges. A spirited reflection aging, identity, alienation and acceptance, this already classic film examines the legacies passed through generations and shows that the journey of self-discovery can begin at any age. "You'll be laughing with disbelief at her chutzpah... Bubbeh Lee not only shows a grandmother giving it straight to her sweet and patient gay grandson, but speaks volumes on identity, generational issues, culture and family." - Southern Voice. "Much more meaningful and lesson-filled than the 'multicultural education' texts being used in most classrooms... a wonderful, touching film that will inspire and encourage viewers to think more deeply about their own roots and how these inform the way they experience the world." - Paul Gorski, School of Education, University of Virginia. "A wonderful film... exemplifies that one is never too young or old to learn or adapt. A great film for programming with diverse communities and for intergenerational studies. An important addition in both public and academic libraries." - Vincent P. Andrzejewski, Audiovisual Manager, St. Louis County Library. "Very warm and touching... a simple treasure." - The Hollywood Reporter. "Warm, intimate and funny!"- TV Guide. "Funny and poignant... a portrait of a complex and rich relationship."- Video Librarian. "You'll be laughing with disbelief at her chutzpah... Bubbeh Lee not only shows a grandmother giving it straight to her sweet and patient gay grandson, but speaks volumes on identity, generational issues, culture and family." - Kimberly Yutani, Southern Voice. "Beautifully made... should be required for every parent and grandparent who has just discovered their gay [grand]son's or daughter's sexual orientation." - John Mandes, Out Front Colorado. "Sensitive and lighthearted... an excellent example of how the closeness of family can break through intolerance and misunderstandings about lesbians and gay men." - Don Romesberg, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. "Enormously funny and poignant... the finely-honed rituals of Jewish eating, matchmaking, and the high art of fruit picking (and return of unwanted produce) are masterfully documented." - Marlene Roberts, The Jewish Journal. "A loving and powerfully moving film." (Four Stars).- Dan Avery, Washington, DC Metro Weekly. "Delightful and enlightening... a moving look at the importance of knowing our family history."- Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "Plenty of sweetness and humor... if you have a Jewish grandmother--or just know one--it's required viewing." - John Blanco, Bay Area Reporter. "Priceless!... the affection leaps off the screen... a star will be born tonight at age 89!"- Tom Jicha, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. "The joy it brings and the undeniable love it exudes is contagious... Bubbeh touches a chord because she is celebration and remorse, fragility and strength, tenderness and toughness and, mostly, honesty." - Sheila Nevins, Senior Vice-President, HBO. "Skillfully provides a portraiture of a family dynamic... this one is a winner." - Jack Fertig, San Francisco Bay Times. "A fascinating look at a spunky old lady... Bubbeh Lee will leave a lasting impression." - Myrna Rubinstein, TV Host Magazine. "A moving statement... a guaranteed crowd pleaser."- Andrew Alexander, ETC. "A loving portrait." - Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle.
Director
Andy Abrahams Wilson
Release Date
1996
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Variant Title
Bubbeh Lee and Me
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Open Eye Pictures in 1996.
Publisher no.
1121110 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 35 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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