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 Oscar-winner for best short documentary, 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.
As Laurel's plight intensifies, it spurs a media frenzy and a passionate advocacy campaign. At the same time the film captures a quiet, personal story of the deep love between Laurel and Stacie as they face the reality of losing each other. Freeheld
combines tension-filled political drama with personal detail, creating a nuanced study of a grassroots fight for justice. freeheld.com