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Why Thee Wed? ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB532957
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Selwyn Jacob, Rina Fraticelli
Directors:  Cal Garingan
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian Social Studies, Diversity, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  50m
Closed Captions:  Yes

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In 2003, British Columbia became the second Canadian province to recognize
same-sex marriage. Filmmaker Cal Garingan looks beyond the headlines and
introduces the eight couples who challenged the law in court. Why did they
plunge into a scorching debate that meant their lives would be publicly
judged? What does it mean to them to exchange marriage vows?

As controversy swirls around this issue worldwide, Why Thee
offers surprising and diverse perspectives on what it means
for gay and lesbian couples to walk down the aisle.

Why Thee Wed? was produced as part of the Reel
Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a
National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.

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