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RUTH BADER GINSBURG

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>> JUST ONE DAY AFTER SUPREME
COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER
GINSBURG WAS ADMITTED TO THE
HOSPITAL FOR BROKEN RIBS SHE IS
BACK AT WORK AND PLANS TO BE ON
THE BENCH AT THE NEXT SITTING OF
THE SUPREME COURT AT NOVEMBER
26th.
GINSBURG WHO HAS BECOME AN
IMPROBABLE POP CULTURE ICON AND
IS SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE
NOTORIOUS RBG IS THE SUBJECT OF
A NEW DOCUMENTARY TITLED "RBG"
WHICH FOLLOWS HER JOURNEY TO THE
NATION'S HIGHEST COURT.
>> I ASK NO FAVOR FOR MY SEX.
ALL I ASK IS OUR BRETHREN IS
THEY TAKE THEIR FEET OFF OUR
NECKS.
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>> WE WELCOME TODAY JUSTICE RUTH
BADER GINSBURG.
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>> SHE'S BECOME SUCH AN ICON.
>> DO YOU MIND SIGNING THIS
COPY?
>> I'M 84 YEARS OLD AND EVERYONE
WANTS TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH ME.
>> NOTORIOUS RBG.
>> YEAH.
>> WHEN YOU COME RIGHT DOWN TO
IT, THE CLOSEST THING TO THE
SUPERHERO I KNOW.
>> RUTH BADER GINSBURG CHANGED
THE WORLD FOR AMERICAN WOMEN.
>> JACK FORD RECENTLY SAT DOWN
WITH THE AWARD WINNING
FILMMAKERS BETSY WEST AND COHEN
AND ASKED THEM IF THEY'D COME UP
WITH SUCH AN INTERESTING FILM.
>> WE WERE PRETTY SURE AS YOU
MENTIONED SHE'S BECOME THE
NOTORIOUS RBG.
SHE HAS SO MANY FANS BUT BOTH
JULIE AND I HAD INTERVIEWED
JUSTICE GINSBURG BEFORE HER
INTERNET FAME.
THE FACT THAT SHE'S REALLY THE
LEGAL ARCHITECT OF THE WOMEN'S
MOVEMENT AND A ROMANCE, AND WE
FELT THIS COULD MAKE A GOOD
DOCUMENTARY.
IF WE GET HER COOPERATION, LET'S
TRY TO DO IT.
>> HOW DID YOU FIND YOU WERE
ABLE TO GET THE ACCESS THAT YOU
NEEDED TO DO THIS?
AND WAS IT A HARD SELL?
>> IT WAS A LONG, SLOW SELL.
PUT IT THAT WAY.
WHEN WE FIRST APPROACHED JUSTICE
GINSBURG WITH THIS IDEA IN EARLY
2015 SAYING WE WANT TO TELL YOUR
LIFE STORY AS A DOCUMENTARY, SHE
SAID NOT YET.
>> AND DID YOU GET THE KIND OF
ACCESS THAT YOU WOULD HOPE TO
GET?
>> WE DID.
WE DID.
>> HOW AND WHY HAS SHE BECOME
THIS ENORMOUS ICON?
THIS CULTURAL ICON AMONGST --
I'M ASTONISHED ABOUT HOW MANY OF
THE YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE LATCHED ON
TO HER.
>> YEAH.
>> WHY?
>> ABSOLUTELY.
I MEAN, IT'S AN UNUSUAL
COUNTERPART FROM OUR USUAL, YOU
KNOW, KARDASHIAN SAY INTERNET
ICON.
NO DISRESPECT TO THE
KARDASHIANS.
>> BUT THEY'RE A BIT DIFFERENT.
>> THEY HAVEN'T EXACTLY HAD THE
ACHIEVEMENTS, YOU KNOW, IN
CHANGING THE WAY WE VIEW THE
CONSTITUTION THAT SAY RUTH BADER
GINSBURG HAS.
WE THINK THAT IN PART THE YOUNG
PEOPLE KIND OF LIKE THE
JUXTAPOSITION OF THIS TINY
LITTLE SOFT-SPOKEN INTELLECTUAL
85-YEAR-OLD GRANDMA WHO, YOU
KNOW, THE KIND OF THING THAT
HAPPENED ON THE INTERNET.
THEY PUT THE CROWNS ON HER HEAD.
THERE ARE TOTE BAGS, TATTOOS.
A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE RBG
TATTOOS.
YOU WILL SEE IT IN THE FILM AND
SHE DOESN'T LIKE IT AT ALL.
>> DID IT SHED ANY LIGHT ON YOU
OF THE CONCEPT OF JUSTICE, THE
WAY SHE APPROACHES THE CONCEPT
OF JUSTICE AND THE ROLE OF A
JUSTICE IN THE SYSTEM?
>> YEAH.
I MEAN, I'M NOT A LAWYER.
I THINK WORKING ON THIS FILM
GAVE ME A GREATER RESPECT FOR
THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY
ESPECIALLY AT A TIME WHEN, YOU
KNOW, OUR INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN
UNDER FIRE.
AND TO SEE THE IMPACT THAT
JUSTICE GINSBURG'S WORK HAS HAD
ON WOMEN ESPECIALLY.
>> WHAT -- WHERE DID YOU GET TO
THAT YOU NEVER ANTICIPATED OR
THAT SURPRISED YOU THE MOST FROM
THIS?
>> I THINK I WAS SURPRISED BY
THE DEPTH OF JUSTICE GINSBURG'S
ROMANCE, LOVE STORY WITH MARTY
GINSBURG.
WE KNEW THAT SHE HAD A LONG AND
HAPPY MARRIAGE.
BUT THE ROLE THAT HE PLAYED IN
HER LIFE IN BOTH HER PERSONAL
HAPPINESS AND HER PROFESSIONAL
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A SUPPORTIVE
HUSBAND, THAT TO ME WAS
EXTRAORDINARY.
YOU KNOW, HE WAS SO PROUD OF HER
FROM THE MOMENT THEY MET AT
CORNELL, SHE WAS SO BRILLIANT.
HE RECOGNIZED IT.
HERE SHE IS, A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.
YOU SEE HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE WAS
AND MARTY LOVED HER BECAUSE SHE
HAD A BRAIN.
THAT WENT ON THROUGHOUT THEIR
CAREER.
YOU KNOW, HE WAS A VERY
OUTGOING, AFFABLE GUY.
HE WOUND UP LOBBYING FOR HER TO
BE ON THE SUPREME COURT.
APPARENTLY VERY SUCCESSFULLY AND
YOU KNOW, THAT'S A VERY
SURPRISING AND MOVING STORY.
>> YOU BOTH HAVE HAD GREAT
SUCCESS IN THE BUSINESS.
BUT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE
BEST OF FILMMAKING, THE BEST IT
CAN SHOW US.
ENTERTAINING, ENGAGING,
INFORMATIVE AND IMPRESSIVE IN A
LOT OF WAYS.
SO CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WORK.
>> THANK YOU.
>> I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO
LOVE THIS.
BETSY AND JULIE, ALWAYS GOOD TO
SEE YOU.


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