THE FIGHT Special Presentations


Following the film at 9:50 PM EDT, watch a live discussion with directors Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres with ACLU attorneys Brigitte Amiri, Chase Strangio, Dale Ho, Lee Gelernt, Joshua Block from the ACLU, moderated by deputy editorial page editor for The Washington Post, Ruth Marcus. 

In this stirring legal thriller, a cast of courageous lawyers at the ACLU fights an uphill battle against the dizzying array of rollbacks on civil rights put forward in the first years of the Trump presidency. Filmmakers Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres (WEINER) capture all of the key moments in such high stakes cases as the rights of trans people to serve in the military, family separation in immigration enforcement, the citizenship question on the census and the abortion rights of immigrant detainees.

Celebrating 100 years of the ACLU, THE FIGHT shows how this group of committed lawyers has made a huge difference in protecting our rights and in the daily lives of countless Americans. Winner of the Sundance U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking.
–Ken Jacobson

Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres previously collaborated on the documentary WEINER, a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner and BAFTA Award nominee that was shortlisted for an Academy Award®. Steinberg and Kriegman were co-directors/producers (nominated for a DGA Award), and Despres was the editor and writer. Together, they co-directed and executive produced the critically acclaimed Showtime docuseries COUPLES THERAPY. Steinberg and Kriegman made Variety’s 2016 list of “Top Ten Documakers to Watch.” Steinberg also directed the acclaimed feature documentary THE TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN (PBS). Despres’ other editing credits include BAFTA Award nominee BLACKFISH and Cannes Film Festival selection RED ARMY. He is a two-time nominee for a documentary American Cinema Editors Award.

Danielle McCarthy-Boles
Magnolia Pictures


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Directors: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres

Producers: Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres, Maya Seidler, Peggy Wexler, Kerry Washington

Executive Producers: Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Florence Sloan, Harry Sloan, Pilar Savone, Maria Zuckerman

Director of Photography: Sean McGing

Editors: Eli Despres, Greg Finton, Kim Roberts

Music: Gustavo Santaolalla, Juan Luqui

Running Time (minutes): 97 MIN

Language: English