Dear Jesse
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In this personal documentary, gay filmmaker Tim Kirkman breaks up with his lover in New York and returns to his home state of North Carolina where he talks to numerous people in an effort to gain an understanding of North Carolina's homophobic senator, Jesse Helms. Kirkman's interviews include the widow of a former Helms associate whose son died of AIDS, and a gay elected official who views Helms as evil. Observing that Helms is "obsessed with homosexual men -- and so am I," Kirkman concludes that many attack Helms in a manner not much different from the way Helms denounces… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What [director] Kirkman succeeds in doing is proving that [Jesse] Helms and his bigotry should not personify North Carolina."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Variety
"Thoughtful, personal examination of the dichotomy of North Carolina as a bizarre mix of the tolerant and the intolerant, the progressive and the reactionary."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A memorable documentary."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A straightforward, nicely diverse likeness of the country and its people that is highly informative and, at times, extraordinarily moving."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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