Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 98 minutes

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

In 1951 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of sharing nuclear weapons technologies with the Soviets, were put to death by electrocution. The man largely responsible for their execution was Roy Cohn, a 24-year-old prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice. Cohn would go on to be one of the most infamous prosecutors in the United States. From working as Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man, to serving as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Cohn earned himself quite a reputation. Through the years, Cohn has been called a lot of things: a hypocrite, a snake, amoral, the personification of evil… but Cohn’s story is much more complex than his public persona. Despite his conservative political views and hostile public stance on gay rights, Cohn himself was a closeted homosexual who eventually died from AIDS. Directed by the granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN is an in-depth documentary on the rise and fall of Roy Cohn. — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 5:40 PM ET

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:45 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Checks and Balances
Jewish & Israeli Visions

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Ivy Meeropol

Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Ivy Meeropol

Daniel B. Gold

Anne Alvergue, Adam Kurnitz

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