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On the Basis of Sex (dir. Mimi Leder)

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Release Date: 12/25/2018

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October 2018 brought us RBG, the documentary about the Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Now we have On the Basis of Sex, a biopic starring Felicity Jones as this iconic leader in the fight for gender equality and justice under the law. The film is directed by Mimi Leder. The film focuses on the period between RBG's first year in law school and the first case she tries in court. 

Does the film work to humanize the subject, or perhaps to dehumanize the men who continuously tried to demean her? Perhaps most striking is how quickly some of us have forgotten what it was like to live through this transitional period, and how long people have been pursuing equal protection and rights under the law. 

Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by Alex Ago, Carla Della Gatta, and David Warshofsky to discuss the film, opening today. While you might know most of RBG's story, beware of spoilers.

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