‘RBG’ Filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen Respond to Supreme Court Justice’s Injury: ‘She’s Tough’

IndieWire | 11/9/2018 | Staff
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Beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is more popular than ever, and her notorious smarts and charm have proven good enough to make her the subject of not one, but two films this awards season — Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s crowd-pleasing documentary “RBG” and Mimi Leder’s recent AFI FEST opener “On the Basis of Sex” — which made the news that Ginsburg broke three ribs Wednesday evening all the more startling.

At 85, Ginsburg is the oldest justice on the Supreme Court, and she’s endured a number of health scares over the years, including breaking two ribs in a fall in 2012, two bouts with cancer, and having a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. And yet, until Thursday, she hadn’t missed a day serving on the court.

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As documentarian Cohen tells it, she’s “one of the coolest people in the country,” but she’s also one of the toughest, and the “RBG” filmmakers are optimistic that she’s going to be just fine, just as she always is.

“She’s tough, she’s survived broken ribs, not to mention cancer,” West said. “She’s never missed a day on the court before, she likes to work.”

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