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RBG Charts the Life of a US Supreme Court Justice Who’s Become a Pop Culture Icon

FILM OCCUPY

By Steven P Gloss

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known to her fans as “RBG,” was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 as only the second woman to be nominated and confirmed to the Court. At one time, she was its only female justice. Today she is the second of four who have served.

Ginsburg is the subject of Occupy San Miguel’s documentary screening and discussion on September 30 at the Quinta Loreto Hotel.

Her exceptional career before and since her nomination is played out in this very personal film. Ginsburg is now something of a liberal icon on a Court widely regarded now as dominated by conservatives. Her ability to continue serving is being challenged by health issues. Concern is being expressed about the impact of her possible departure from the Court given its already conservative leaning.

At the age of 86, Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture figure. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. RBG is the true story of her struggles for equal rights and the early cases of a historic career that led to her nomination and confirmation as a US Supreme Court associate justice. Her extraordinary performance in the position, as well as her unusual friendship with the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, are also depicted in the film.

This Oscar-nominated work was just selected as a recipient of an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen did planks onstage at the Creative Arts Emmys presentation to honor Ginsburg’s fitness routine and said the 86-year-old Supreme Court justice is still going strong.

“Her level of determination and stamina is like nothing we’ve ever seen from anyone we’ve ever met,” Cohen said.

The filmmakers said Ginsburg, with whom they have kept in close touch since the documentary, is still going strong even after health scares this year, which included radiation treatment for pancreatic cancer last month.

“We saw Justice Ginsburg this summer, and she looked fantastic. She looked really good,” West said. “She has had some radiation recently but she seems to be tolerating that very well, and she’s been out and about and, in fact, she was in New York and going to the theater at night when she was having her radiation. And she’s been traveling and speaking and getting ready for the new Court season. All indications are that she’s in good shape.”

RBG the film portrays a level of personal accomplishment and perseverance seldom understood by the public. Learn more about this amazing person by joining us for this engaging film and some discussion.

 

Meeting, Film and Discussion

Occupy San Miguel presents

RBG

Mon, Sep 30, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15, Centro

Free

 

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