EDITH+EDDIE

Director: 
Laura Checkoway

2018 Academy Award® Nominee: Best Documentary Short

Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison got married in Virginia at ages 96 and 95. Dancing at the honky-tonk and going to church, their newlywed life is filled with affection, prayer and faith. Since tying the knot, both Edith and Eddie have experienced an awakening; they have a new reason to get up in the morning. At the start of each day, he helps her put in her teeth. They enjoy exercising and relaxing by the river. They are always holding hands. However, this fairytale love story hovers in great contrast to a nightmarish reality.

The couple is embroiled in a legal battle between Edith’s daughters, over Edith's estate and her rights. Edith has been diagnosed with mild dementia. Edith's daughter Rebecca is advocating for Edith's right to stay in her own home with Eddie. Rebecca’s sister Patricia, who lives in Florida, is pursuing the sale of the home and Edith's eviction. The daughters are unable to reach an agreement so a court has appointed an outside guardian for Edith, named Jessica Niesen. Stripped of her own decision making, Edith is now a ward of the state.

Edith and Eddie’s marriage is in danger of being torn apart. Then things take a dramatic turn.

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Edith+Eddie