Following the film, watch a recorded discussion led by journalist Lois Romano (The Washington Post) with director Ivy Meeropol.

Before Donald Trump, there was Roy Cohn, the original New York bully. In fact, during the early days of Donald Trump, there was Roy Cohn, right by his side, introducing the brash young wannabe to the big time of Manhattan real estate. Trump was attracted to Cohn’s “take no prisoners” approach to the law and Cohn recognized a rising social climber when he saw one.

The Trump connection is but one fascinating thread in this multi-layered portrait of Cohn by filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, whose own grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were executed for spying for the Soviet Union as a result of Cohn’s ethically spurious legal maneuverings. Full of insightful interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous, the alchemical genius of BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN is to be, simultaneously, a searing indictment of Cohn and a poignant family history.
–Ken Jacobson

Ivy Meeropol directed and produced the HBO documentary BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN, which had its world premiere at the 2019 New York Film Festival. She was the senior story producer for the 2017 CNN Films feature-length documentary THE END: THE FINAL DAYS INSIDE THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE. In 2016, Meeropol produced and directed two short films for the Emmy Award®-winning climate change documentary series YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, which aired on The National Geographic Channel. Meeropol directed and produced the feature-length documentary INDIAN POINT, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Key West Film Festival and received the 2016 Frontline Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film. Other television credits include directing and producing an hour-long episode for CNN’s docu-series Death Row Stories; and The Hill, a six-part series she created, directed and produced, which aired on The Sundance Channel and was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Best Series Award. Meeropol’s documentary feature debut was HEIR TO AN EXECUTION, which explored the legacy of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. The film premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was shortlisted for an Academy Award® and aired on HBO. Meeropol is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and was a 2013 Sundance Institute Fellow.

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Country: USA

Year: 2019

Director: Ivy Meeropol

Producers: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Ivy Meeropol

Executive Producers: Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller

Director of Photography: Daniel B. Gold

Editors: Anne Alvergue, Adam Kurnitz

Music: Nathan Halpern

Running Time (minutes): 98 MIN

Language: English