Exclusive Film Preview of “RBG – Ein Leben für Gerechtigkeit"


It is one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2018 and was chosen by the National Board of Review as the “Best Documentary Film of 2018:”: the movie RBG.

Thanks to a cooperation with Koch Films and the HFF München, the Bavarian American Academy was able to show an exclusive preview of this captivating portrait of an inspiring woman on December 09, 2018.

On a rainy Sunday morning, more than 250 people seized the opportunity to watch the movie four days before it was officially released in Germany. The screening of the original version with German subtitles was free of admission and took place at the AudimaxX Theater at the HFF. Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, director of the Bavarian American Academy, welcomed everyone before Prof. Dr. Michaela Kezele, women’s representative of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), introduced the movie. Before the screening started, Prof. Dr. Heike Paul and Prof. Dr. Beate Gsell (Chair of Civil Law, Civil Procedure, European Private Law and Procedure, Judge at Munich Higher Regional Court, and women’s representative of the Faculty of Law at LMU) briefly discussed the structural characteristics of the German judicial branch and its relationship to the executive branch. Prof. Dr. Gsell criticized the entanglement between the two branches and wished for a stricter institutional separation and greater judicial autonomy.

The film RBG was directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen and focuses on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg – also known as the “Notorious RBG” – was the second female justice nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States and has made history with her commitment in the courtroom to the advancement of women’s rights. Since the Supreme Court’s ideological shift to the right, especially under President Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has given up her initial role as the big compromiser and has established herself as the liberal voice of dissent oin the Court.


Even at the age of 85 – now a cult figure in popular culture – she remains a staunch advocate of justice whose perseverance has presented the current US President with many problems. With their portrayal of the life of Justice Ginsburg, West and Cohen have produced a gripping documentary about the accomplishments of a prominent figure in the movement for the advancement of gender equality and rights for minorities.

After the film, the audience had the opportunity to inform themselves about the program of the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations and the projects of Filia. Die Frauenstiftung.

Thank you to everyone who attended the film preview and another big thanks to our cooperation partners!

People could share their opinion on the movie, which you can find in the following video:

P.S.: If you want to see more of the “Notorious RBG” on screen, register for the next film preview organized by the Bavarian American Academy in cooperation with eOne Germany and the HFF München. On January 13th, 2019 we will present the feature film On the Basis of Sex with Felicity Jones (Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, The Theory of Everything) as the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Armie Hammer (Call Me by Your Name, The Social Network) playing her husband and tower of strength.

(Photo: Film Screening of RBG at the HFF in Munich, Germany ©Amerikahaus)