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Love Stories Supported by California Humanities

Here are some of our favorite love stories:

The Case Against 8 
The Case Against 8, a behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first made headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. Five years in the making, the film follows the legal team and plaintiffs—two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy—through the complicated and emotionally charged process of taking the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Seeking Asian Female 
Seeking Asian Female is an unconventional modern love story between an older white man, Steve, and Sandy, a young Chinese woman he finds online.  This documentary follows Steve from the initial online search, to Sandy coming to the United States and through one year into their marriage.

Filipino Love Stories 
Filipino Love Stores, a collaboration between Cal Humanities and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to present an online and traveling exhibit how early Filipino migrants to California’s Central Coast experienced marriage, love and family. Interview clips with the wives and children as well as original love letters, and photographs Filipino migrants from 1920-1970 are all available on the site


Big Joy
James Broughton’s advice, “Follow your own Weird,” animates the documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, which shows how this little-known queer filmmaker and poet fought against the grain of dominant culture to live an authentic life.  Big Joy explores Broughton’s life, art, and love where he weaves the quirky, bizarre, sexual and charming – all with a sprinkle of spirituality.

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