The Fight

Lawyer outside of courthouse


August 05, 2020
2:30 PM /
Virtual Film Events
Free, live Q&A on Weds 5 August 7:30PM BST / 2:30PM EDT with ACLU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho and The Fight directors Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, hosted by Human Rights Watch’s Multimedia Director, Ifé Fatunase
QA Session with the Filmmaker

With Donald Trump in the White House, attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are working overtime to fight the US government’s increasing attacks on civil rights. Through four lawsuits that have all reached the international press, the lawyers must counter President Trump’s administration and its efforts to separate migrant parents and children on the Mexican border, block access to abortion, expel transgender soldiers from the military, and roll back voting rights. The Fight is the story of a group of lawyers determined to balance the scales of justice against powerful leaders disrupting its very foundation.

Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking, Sundance 2020

Elyse Steinberg, Eli B. Despres, Josh Kriegman
Country of Production: 
United States
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman, Eli Despres

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’s 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.