An intimate portrait of recently retired Congressman Barney Frank, one of our most well-known and least understood political figures, this documentary alternates between deeply personal moments and the inner workings of our political process. Rare archival material and interviews reveal the emotional pain and harmful effects of a closeted life, the relief of coming out and the triumph of love through the Congressman's historic same-sex marriage. Frank's journey is our country's journey, a classic American story about a dedicated public servant who never loses hope. Written by
Sheila Canavan & Michael Chandler
Barney Frank is an interesting person to do a film about. He was voted the most brilliant member of Congress by his peers and many would also have considered him one of the most cantankerous. This film captures all the sides of Barney and showcases his rapier wit and sense of humor which made him so well liked and sometimes feared.
It is the story of a man who hid his homosexuality so that he could participate in public life to do good for people. He grew up in the 50s a very different time in the United States for gay people. He spent many years fearing that his being gay would end his career and living only one side of his life - the political side- giving up the personal. But even before he finally came out he fought for the rights of the LGBT community and is a hero to so many who understand without Barney Frank the LGBT community wouldn't be where we are today.
It is the story of a successful politician who eventually succeeds in finding love and feeling complete as a human being. Above all Barney Frank comes off as very human. His husband Jim says in the film that he fell in love with Barney despite the public persona and laughs that he ended up in the Capitol Hill wives club.
I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to understand Washington, DC a little better and to see that there was a time before 1990 that the Congress actually did work.
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