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RBG - A Life for Justice

RBG - A Life for Justice

USA 2018 - with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bill Clinton, James Steven Ginsburg ...

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Movie info

Original title:RBG
Direction:Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Cinema release:13.12.2018
Production country:USA 2018
Running time:Ca. 98 Min
Rated:From 0 years
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Few people in Germany know her name, because Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a judge at the Supreme Court, the highest court in the USA, and rarely appears in the headlines in this country. But now we can get to know the sprightly old lady who has become something of a pop icon in America in recent years - and it's really worth it. For decades she has been a tireless fighter for equality and justice. Again and again stones were put in her way, but she never let herself be dissuaded from her way. She is a strong-willed woman who will not be muzzled even in old age. Even a fracture of a rib only put the 85-year-old judge out of action for a few days. 

"RBG - A Life for Justice" traces the life and career of this really extremely interesting, quick-witted and committed woman. From her childhood to her college days in a male-dominated field of study to her first committed struggles for equality - especially, but not only, for women. Here the consequence becomes clear, with which Ruth Bader Ginsburg stands for her conviction. A conviction with which she repeatedly encounters rejection and hostility, especially in the Republican camp and especially in the Trump government. 

The documentary also shows, however, how Ruth Bader Ginsburg was supported by her husband Martin from the very beginning. These short insights into the private life of the legal fighter nature are partly very humorous and sometimes also very touching. Apart from that, the movie remains stylistically rather conventional. If it hadn't been for the portrait of such a strong personality, the staging could have looked dry and long-winded. But since the two filmmakers obviously admire the subject of their film and make the reason for this comprehensible to viewers who have not known Ruth Bader Ginsburg to date, the documentary works very well. 

In the end, there is only the hope that RBG, as it is now called by its admirers, will continue to participate in the Supreme Court for a very long time to come and raise the flag of reason and justice against the growing resistance. There should be many more people like her in such important positions! For this cinematic portrait there is, despite some weaknesses, a clear commitment: Absolutely worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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