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The Fight

Documentary 1h 36m 2020

A documentary providing an inside look at the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are facing during the Trump administration.

The ACLU is a not-for-profit organisation created “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States”.

Before President Trump came into power, few people outside the USA would have known the acronym or organisation. Just seven days after Trump’s inauguration in 2017, the ACLU filed the first of over 140 lawsuits against the administration to date.

This story profiles four of these lawsuits and the tenacious team of lawyers and lobbyists working to uphold and protect basic civil liberties.

From the team behind WEINER, THE FIGHT is a gritty behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to sue the government of the USA. The four cases cover the breath and depth of the civil liberties that the Trump administration wish to erode: abortion rights, voting rights, family separation and transgender in the military.

“Takes us beyond the nuts and bolts we all heard while watching these battles unfold via the news and into the nuanced day-to-day struggles of the people working around the clock to curtail federal government overreach. This is the story of unrelenting, heroic lawyers.” ~ Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage.

Director

Elyse Steinberg

Director

Josh Kriegman

Director

Eli B. Despres

Language

English

Country

USA

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