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The Fight

By Lorry Kikta | June 23, 2020

AFI DOCS REVIEW! I have covered a lot of political documentaries throughout my tenure here at Film Threat, so it should be no surprise to anyone who has read any of them before, that I am frustrated, disgusted, appalled, etc. by the Trump administration. There are a lot of documentaries that lean towards the same bias, and the great film about the ACLU, The Fight, is no exception.

“Each suit falls into a different category: reproductive, immigration, LGBTQ, and voting rights.”

The ACLU has existed since January 19, 1920, and has been fighting on behalf of American’s civil liberties and the Constitution since. The Fight illustrates what goes on in four of the 100+ lawsuits that they have against the Trump administration. Each suit falls into a different category: reproductive, immigration, LGBTQ, and voting rights. They’re under fire in one way or another from this administration, and this documentary presents the evidence to prove it.

Brigitte Amiri represents a 17-year-old Jane Doe who was detained while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. She was pregnant but didn’t want to keep the baby. Scott Lloyd, the head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), would not allow Jane Doe to have an abortion. This is illegal, and Amiri fights until the last moment to make it safe for Jane Doe and other women in her position not to have their reproductive rights violated.

The Fight (2020)

Directed and Written: Eli B. Despres, Josh Kreigman, Elyse Steinberg

Starring: Lee Gelernt, Brigitte Amiri, Dale Ho, Josh Block, Chase Stragio, Brock Stone, etc.

Movie score: 7/10

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"…most conservatives don't and won't see this when as usual, they are the ones who need to."

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