Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy Lives on in New Documentary Trailer

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The trailer features archival footage of Ginsburg in her rise to becoming the second female Supreme Court justice in American history.

Following her death less than four months ago, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy continues on.

The recently released trailer for upcoming documentary RUTH: Justice Ginsburg In Her Own Words offers an intimate look at Ginsburg’s rise to the Supreme Court, as she confronted various barriers.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, the film’s trailer opens to footage of a young boy asking Ginsburg: "Was it hard to become a Supreme Court justice because you were a woman?"

The trailer goes on to show Ginsburg at many stages throughout her life, both in and out of the courtroom.

“I did very well in law school,” a young Ginsburg says. “It was not possible to do much better.” And yet, “not a single law firm in the whole city of New York [would invite Ginsburg] to come, even for an interview.”

At the start of her career, the women's rights icon faced several barriers as a result of workplace discrimination.

“I had three strikes against me,” the justice says. “One that I was Jewish, another I was a woman, and then one that really did me in was that I had a four-year-old daughter.”

Accompanied by rare footage and several interviews, the trailer features artistic animations and illustrations of Ginsburg, as she “[blasts] the door open” for women’s rights.

“If women are to be leaders in life, and in the military, then men have got to become accustomed to taking commands from women,” Ginsburg explains. “And they won’t become accustomed to that if women aren’t let in.”

The trailer closes on former Senator Herbert Kohl asking Ginsburg a question that resonates significantly today: “Recognizing that this is probably the last time that the American people will ever have a chance to glimpse you as a person, what you would like them to think most of all when they think of you?”

Produced by Sanders & Mock Productions, along with the American Film Foundation, the documentary boasts a notable team of executive producers including Emmy nominee Geralyn Dreyfous, Daytime Emmy winner Sandra Lee, philanthropist and two-time Emmy nominee Regina K. Scully, activist and philanthropist Barbara Dobkin, Danielle Summer Mark and Cara Kennedy Cuomo, daughter of New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

The film is set for release in virtual cinemas on Feb. 12 and video on demand on March 9.

Watch the trailer below.