United States 2020, 96 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

The first shot was fired only days after Donald Trump took the oath of office. Since then, the American Civil Liberties Union has been waging a court war against the new administration, which prohibits Muslims from entering the United States, orders immigrant children and toddlers to be imprisoned separately from their parents, prohibits abortions, and chips away at LGBTQ rights.
The filmmakers behind Weiner follow four Supreme Court cases out of over a hundred filed by the ACLU. The lives and fates of the people behind these lawsuits are in the hands of capricious government officials, led by a president who runs a country via Twitter. The legal team is determined to protect people from the rudeness, callousness, racism, and blatantly illegal acts that threaten to become the norm for American society.
Nominated to the Beyond the Screen Award

Previous Festivals: Sundance


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Meet the Filmmakers:

  • Filmmaker Elyse Steinberg in conversation with Tomer Michelzon. In collaboration with The Hottest Place in Hell

    Wed 02.09 at 17:00


Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres
Production: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Maya Seidler, Peggy Drexler, Kerry Washington
Editing: Eli Despres, Greg Finton, Kim Roberts
Cinematography: Sean Mcging

Source: Magnolia Pictures

Supporters & Broadcasters: Yes Docu

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Elyse Steinberg, Joshua Kriegman, Eli Despres (directors/producers) previously collaborated on the documentary Weiner, a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner and BAFTA Award nominee that was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Steinberg and Kriegman were co-directors/producers (nominated for a DGA Award), and Despres was the editor and writer. Together, they created, co-directed, and executive produced the critically acclaimed Showtime docu-series Couples Therapy, which made numerous critics top-ten lists for 2019 and has just been renewed for its second season.

Steinberg and Kriegman made Variety’s 2016 list of "top ten documakers to watch." Steinberg also directed the acclaimed feature documentary The Trial of Saddam Hussein (PBS).

Despres’s other editing credits include BAFTA Award nominee Blackfish and Cannes Film Festival selection Red Army. He is a two-time nominee for a documentary American Cinema Editors Award.