Bella! And, yes, be sure to include the exclamation point in the film’s title because the subject of Jeff L. Leiberman’s well researched and beautifully crafted documentary deserves emphatic punctuation. Bella Abzug (1920-1998) was a champion of civil rights for women in every aspect of our lives. She was the feminist activist politician who fought fiercely to enact laws to establish and protect equity in the workplace, in government representation, in family matters — all of the women’s civil rights that we are now at such high risk of losing in our nation’s current regressive climate.
If you ever picked up a placard and marched for women’s rights, or burned a bra, or donated to women’s civil rights organization or action group, or protested the Vietnam War or racial profiling and police brutality, you know ‘Battling Bella’ as a leader whose rousing speeches could charm, challenge and effectively harangue. You know her big voice, her signature style in hats, her great sense of humor and everything else about her very feminist public profile. And you know how effective she was in affecting change — not only in addressing issues pertaining to women’s rights, but also to civil rights for people of color, the LGBTIQA+ community and all citizens. Cont1nue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN