About the Film
The ACLU has never granted access to its offices, even as its battles—on the frontlines of abortion rights, immigration rights, LGBT 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 and beaten 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.
THE FIGHT premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the four ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, and Chase Strangio). This conversation is exclusive to virtual cinema and in-theater engagements. Additionally, patrons will have free access to a Q&A on Sun. 8/2 at 4pm with the filmmakers and lawyers, moderated by Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post. This will be also be archived and available beyond 8/2.