U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A lawyer who over 50 years fought against injustices of inequality in law before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
A legal, cultural and feminist icon in her lifetime (she died in 2020 two years after the making of this documentary), Ginsberg is seen as the architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s. RBG tells her story – from one of the first female law students at Cornell through 50 years of marriage (to one of New York’s top tax lawyers, Marty Ginsberg) to landmark victories for gender equality.
Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West (Julia, My Name is Pauli Murray) respectfully allow the source material to determine the final edit. There’s little in the way of bells and whistles as archival material, face-to-face interviews with family members, school friends, clients, former colleagues and adversaries, even Clinton himself – all talk of the remarkable RBG and the impact she made on American life.
Nominated for 2 Oscars in 2019 – best documentary film and best original song (Diane Warren and I’ll Fight).