In RBG, fans of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg get the exclusive inside look at “The Notorious RBG’” they’ve been craving. The well-known civil rights activist has led a life filled with breaking restrictive barriers set in place for women. Her dedication to democracy and tenacity she shows in the courtroom are traits she also carries over to her personal life. In this participatory documentary, through Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s first-hand personal accounts as well as those of her family and friends, we see what has driven her to be the dynamo so many know and admire today.
If you know Ginsburg only from her current position as a Supreme Court Justice, you have not even scratched the surface of her passions, personality, or accomplishments. RBG shows her from her humble beginnings, progressing through very difficult challenges during her young adult life and education, to finally gaining more and more respect and recognition for her difficult and demanding work.
RBG was directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who both have done numerous documentary films and television. Cohen and West’s past filmography has centered on documentaries about fighting for women’s and LGBTQ issues. So far, RBG has won and been nominated for multiple awards at different film festivals, including winning Best Documentary at the Sarasota Film Festival, and winning the Best Documentary Feature at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Alongside its screening at Mountainfilm it is currently starting a limited theatrical run in the U.S.
RBG highlights what a single woman can do with dedication and determination, no matter what they’re up against, fitting right in line with the festival’s values of “celebrating courage,” “encouraging activism,” and “promoting integrity.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s story has inspired countless women and men alike. She has become a public icon and role model, even at the age of 84, she is still inspiring people by the amount of challenging and progressive work she continues to do every day. One of the biggest ongoing battles she has had to deal with is getting men to recognize and change the inequalities women must face every day, but thankfully because of her, certain laws have been put into place to make some issues women face a thing of the past, including gender discrimination in the military, same-sex marriage equality, and equality for people with disabilities.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had to face adversity and criticism throughout her entire career. RBG doesn’t paint her as a perfect person: it shows her struggles and missteps, such as making an unprofessional comment about Donald Trump and then apologizing. But the film’s focus is on how she has overcame and learned from her experiences. She may not be a superhero, but she is most certainly a remarkable individual, one who has inspired and impacted multiple generations.