The Fight
Film On Demand

The Fight

October 01 - 07, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

This riveting legal doc follows a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers fighting four electrifying battles over abortion, immigrant, LGBTQ and voting rights.

20/21 Hop Film

When a migrant mother is separated from her child, when a transgender soldier is at risk to lose his career, when reproductive rights and basic voting rights are under attack — five unsung heroes take legal action to protect our freedoms.

Diving into the ACLU's offices as they go full-tilt at the Trump administration, this rollercoaster ride captures the thrill and defeat in these deeply human battles. As with their previous political doc Weiner (2016), directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres cover the events in real time with remarkable serendipity, dramatic suspense and some dark humor. Although the movie's release coincides with the ACLU's centennial, the filmmakers are less interested in simple boosterism than they are with the inner workings of an organization fighting injustice within a complex system.

With remarkable access and clever animations to flesh out the closed courtroom scenes, The Fight provides an engrossing, inspiring examination of ideals in action and the legal process itself: how potential clients are identified, how lawyers prepare for court and how arcane matters of law affect real lives. D: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman & Eli Despres, US, 2020, 1h36m

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Minority Pre-Law Association, the Coalition for Immigration Reform and Equality at Dartmouth (CoFIRED) and Dartmouth Planned Parenthood Generation Action (DPPGA)

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