2018 | Documentary | 97 minutes | In English
This documentary chronicles the life and career of a remarkable woman, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She grew up in Brooklyn and attended Cornell University where she met her devoted husband Martin Ginsburg, a successful New York tax attorney. When Ruth enrolled at Harvard Law School, there were only nine female students in a class of 560. After graduation, she found that law firms were reluctant to hire female lawyers. With her husband’s support, Ruth found her groove defending discrimination and sexual-abuse cases. In 1980 she was appointed by President Carter to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Martin started campaigning hard for her and in 1993 President Clinton appointed Ruth to the United States Supreme Court. It’s 2019, Ruth is 85 years old, she’s still on the Supreme Court fighting, with wit and wisdom, judicial cases that have been so important to her all of her life.
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National Board of Review: Winner, Best Documentary
Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards: Winner, Best Political Documentary
Television Academy Honors: Winner, Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Documentary Feature
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RBG is an unapologetic valentine to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but a sharp and spiky one too—a celebration of the scrunchie-wearing octogenarian not just as a pop-culture and millennial meme but as a wife, warrior, and a true iconoclast, famed for her fierce legal mind and the cutting wit of her dissenting opinions. Tremulous and sometimes hesitant with age now, she is still a tiny dynamo of intelligence, pure will, and truth to power.
It is an impressive film and an impressive life. One thing’s for sure: She’s still standing. May she stay strong.
The movie’s touch is light and its spirit buoyant, but there is no mistaking its seriousness or its passion. Those qualities resonate powerfully in the dissents that may prove to be Justice Ginsburg’s most enduring legacy, and RBG is, above all, a tribute to her voice.
The idea of going to see a documentary about a Supreme Court Justice was not, for me, immediately appealing. But recently, on the advice of a friend, I saw RBG, and was mesmerized throughout. I left the theater informed and inspired.
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