Part 17: Edith + Eddie

“She don’t want to go.  I don’t want her to go.” – Eddie, of Edith + Eddie

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Eddie and Edith

Nominations

Best Documentary Short Subject

My Two Cents

Oldest interracial newlyweds in America, Edith (96) and Eddie (95) met when they shared the winnings of a lottery ticket.  They said it was love at first sight and they got married and have been supported by their local community and taken care of by one of Edith’s daughters, Rebecca.  Edith’s other daughters, Jessica and Patricia (Jessica happens to be Edith’s legal guardian), who have not been involved her life, are questioning the legality of the marriage because they are worried about their inheritance and they basically make a power play.  OF ALL THINGS.  Worried about Eddie – at 95 – getting in the way of their inheritance.  I mean it’s outrageous.

I’m not going to spill the beans on the rest of the story but this 29 minute documentary will leave you feeling sad and slightly enraged.  Sad for Edith and Eddie and for their not simply being able to enjoy the remaining part of their lives in peace.  And slightly enraged at the daughters for pulling such a selfish power play…AGAINST THEIR 96 YEAR OLD MOTHER!  It’s so ridiculous.

This short doc hits about 2.5 of my 3 hot doc buttons all of my buttons; for 29 minutes it told a real story, it diverts you very quickly from heartwarming happiness to heartbreak, and it brought elderly rights to table of conversation – not something we often hear much about. Although this was an issue-geared documentary, they don’t smack you in the face with it rather they down play that aspect and let it come out in the story of Edith and Eddie.  From that perspective, I like the nomination although I’m not sure the subject matter will pull out a win for it.  I don’t think it is timely enough which tends to be what drives the wins in the documentary categories.

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