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Netflix will launch Seeing Allred, a new documentary about feminist attorney Gloria Allred, on its service in early 2018, following its world premiere in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, which announced its lineup on Wednesday.
Directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, the film traces the life of the nation’s most visible women’s rights attorney, who has taken on President Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein and has become a force within the #MeToo movement of victims speaking out about being abused by powerful men. Marta Kauffman, co-creator of Friends and who also currently produces Netflix’s Grace & Frankie, is a producer along with Grossman, Sartain, Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah KS Canter.
In light of the current wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations, the filmmakers expect to tweak the doc right up until its Sundance premiere. “The filmmakers did notify us that they were going to continue shooting to add to the documentary as all of the allegations were breaking,” Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth told The Hollywood Reporter. “So, there is a real sort of timely quality to that film.”
“I feel fortunate that Seeing Allred captures my passion and battle for justice for many victims of injustice,” Allred said in a statement accompanying the Netflix announcement. “The courage that my clients demonstrate, in speaking truth to power, inspires me every day as we fight together.”
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