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

The Fight


Year: 2020
Country: USA
Run Time: 96 minutes

The Fight

For 100 years the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has defended the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution… rights that have been increasingly under attack in this divisive political climate. Since Donald Trump took office in 2017, the ACLU has brought 147 (and counting) lawsuits against his administration, fighting everything from the ban on transgendered people in the military to immigrant family separation at the border. At the same time, the ACLU has stood up for the rights of alt-right and white supremacists groups to demonstrate and to speak freely. No matter who you are or what you stand for in this country, the ACLU will protect your civil liberties. This unwavering stance has caused some serious backlash from both sides of the aisle. Nevertheless, this dedicated group of lawyers continues to work tirelessly to ensure constitutional freedom for everyone, making huge personal sacrifices in the process. Following a handful of these unsung heroes, THE FIGHT captures some of the ACLU’s biggest recent trials through their victories and defeats. Produced by Kerry Washington, this incredibly moving documentary sheds a critical light on the people who have suffered most under recent legislation and on the lawyers who have worked hard to make their voices heard. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 6:30 PM ET

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 2:10 PM ET

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

Checks and Balances
Cinema en Español
Women of the World

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres

Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Maya Seidler, Peggy Drexler, Kerry Washington

Sean McGing

Eli Despres, Greg Finton, Kim Roberts

Print Source

Community Partners

American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

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