RBG is a documentary that explores the life of the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who managed, from within the system, to fight against gender discrimination, and defended women’s rights. She has had a brilliant career as a judge that has led her to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, considered as one the most liberal one, despite being in the minority on many occasions. A law student when this discipline was thought to be a men’s thing, a fighter, a perfectionist, an unalterable character, an absolutely controversial figure, loved and hated in equal parts, RBG is at the center of this documentary which was honoured with many awards. The documentary depicts the personal and professional steps that RBG has taken to become part of the judicial system elite, as well as presenting a more personal portrait of the public figure.
Filmmakers Julie Cohen and Betsy West recollected archive material and testimonies to tell from its beginning the story of a woman with a difficult life but with a strong and impenetrable character who has left her mark on the American judicial system during the last 50 years. After overcoming the death of her mother just before graduating, the death of a husband who has been her most faithful ally in life and even three cancer, the film finally shows us RBG as she is today. It also shows how she has enjoyed becoming “Notorious RBG” in the last years, an unexpected pop icon, imitated in television programs and featured in all kinds of merchandising and even tattoos of a generation that venerates her. RBG has been nominated at this year’s edition of the Oscars in two categories and at the BAFTAs, and was awarded Best Documentary by the National Board of Review, among many other awards. Undoubtedly, RBG is an unmissable documentary of this edition of Americana.
2018: Oscar Awards: Nominated for best documentary and song
2018: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for best documentary
2018: National Board of Review (NBR): Best documentary