Bubbeh Lee & Me

Family, Identity and Aging with Chutzpah
Year Released
2001
Film Length(s)
35 mins

Introduction

What can a grandchild and grandparent discover through each other? As the filmmaker journeys to Florida to visit his feisty, 87-year old Jewish grandmother, tags along on her event-filled trips to the supermarket, and talks with her heart to heart about love, death, and his being gay, their two worlds collide and the strength of their bond emerges. A spirited reflection on 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.

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Featured review

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

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

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
The Hollywood Reporter
Warm, intimate and funny!
TV Guide
TV Guide
Funny and poignant... a portrait of a complex and rich relationship.
Video Librarian
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

Awards and Screenings

Emmy Award Nomination, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Winner, Outstanding Documentary, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Winner, Best Documentary, CINE/Colorlab Awards
Winner, Certificate of Distinguished Achievement, Int'l Documentary Association
Winner, Best Documentary Short, Silver Images Film Festival
Winner, Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival
Winner, CINE Golden Eagle Award
Winner, Certificate for Creative Excellence, U.S. Int'l Film & Video Festival
Winner, Audience Choice Award, One Reel Film Festival
Winner, Second Place Documentary, Central Florida Film Festival
Winner, Silver Angel Award, Excellence in Media
Winner, First Place, Magnes Museum Jewish Video Competition

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