The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, will host a special screening and discussion of the movie “Hannah Free” Thursday May 13 at 6 p.m.
The 2009 award-winning film, starring Sharon Gless as Hannah, focuses on the struggles of two older lesbians, who were lifelong lovers. Their commitment to each other is tested when one is hospitalized and the partner is forbidden to see her because they are not legally married.
According to the movie’s website, Hannah and Rachel grow up in the same Midwest town, where traditional gender expectations eventually challenge their deep love for one another. Hannah becomes an adventurous, unapologetic lesbian and Rachel a strong but reserved homemaker. Weaving between past and present, the story reveals how the women maintain their love affair despite a marriage, a world war, infidelity and family denial.
The movie was directed by Wendy Jo Carlton and written by Claudia Allen.
The movie is currently available for viewing only on a special international festival circuit. The DVD of “Hannah Free” will not be available for sale until June.
This special screening is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Registration information for the event can be found online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by telephoning the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.