Trailer

The Fight

Runtime
1hr 36mins
Directed by
Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres
Featuring
Brigitte Amiri, Joshua Block, Chase Strangio
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Only days after the 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump, furious Americans gathered at airports across the country in protest of the Muslim ban. But it was the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, waging the fight in federal court, that turned the tide, staying the executive order on grounds of unconstitutionality. The ACLU has never granted access to its offices, even as its battles—on the fronts of abortion rights, immigration rights, LGBTQ rights, and voting rights—have become more timely and momentous than ever.

With The Fight, access has finally been granted to the filmmaking team of Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman, and Elyse Steinberg, makers of 2016’s award-winning Weiner. Rousing, inspiring, and slyly humorous, their latest documentary follows four seismically important cases and a handful of magnetic attorneys. These lawyers may not know how to charge a cell phone or operate a stand-up desk but have persuaded Supreme Court Justices, beating back serious encroachments upon our freedoms. An antidote to endless news cycles filled with tweet tantrums, The Fight inspires with the story of front-line warriors in the battle for the American soul.

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Plus, on Sunday, August 2 at 7:00pm ET, join Magnolia Pictures for a special live Q&A with the filmmakers (Elyse Steinberg, Eli Despres, and Josh Kreigman) and the five ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, Joshua Block and Chase Strangio) moderated by Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post. Learn more here.

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