United States 2022, 97 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

When an assassin shot her in the head at close range, nobody thought Gabby Giffords would survive. The Arizona congresswoman was a big proponent of social legislation and even personally joined relief efforts in disaster zones. The bullet that had ripped through her brain left her partially blind and unable to move or speak. Her partner, astronaut and space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, started filming her from the moment she opened her eyes. RBG directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West join Giffords as she tenaciously pursues her goals: regaining her speech and returning to public service. Her remarkable life story and the story of her marriage to Kelly (who took her place in congress) are backdropped by the ongoing public debate on gun ownership in the US. The film features interview footage with Barack Obama, among others.

Previous Festivals: SXSW Film Festival

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 26.05 | 12:00 | Venue Cinematheque 1
  • Thu 02.06 | 19:00 | Venue Cinematheque 3 | Filmmaker Present
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West are Academy Award-nominated, Emmy winning filmmakers who directed and produced the theatrical documentary RBG. Their film Julia was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics in 2021 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. My Name is Pauli Murray premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios. Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West are Academy Award-nominated, Emmy winning filmmakers who directed and produced the theatrical documentary RBG. Their film Julia was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics in 2021 and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. My Name is Pauli Murray premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Amazon Studios. Their newest film Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. Three of their latest films will be screened at this year's Docaviv.

Production: Lisa Erspamer, Sam Jinishian
Editing: Ilya Chaiken
Cinematography: Dyanna Taylor
Music: Miriam Cutler

Source: CNN Films and Time Studios