Immigrant families were torn apart, wars over abortions, voter oppression, and the blockade of transgender troops: Trump’s administration has been the busiest time for U.S. human rights advocates, new reports say.
Released on July 31 as Donald Trump pushed for his re-election bid, “Fighters” followed five lawmakers after the forum as they debated policies strongly opposed to the US president.
The three-year-old movie shot shot a battle between David and Goliath between a coalition government and the former human rights organization ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union.)
“We’d like, two floors and a half building in New York, right?” said ACLU Director of Voting Rights Dale Ho in the movie, referring to the headquarters in the capital where most of the area is shot.
“Against the strength of the coalition government and this great political party, we will not resolve it,” Ho said.
But as the film itself shows, the ACLU is no small feat and has won significant victories – including its own success in the Supreme Court challenging the question of whether citizens are being added to the writing this year.
In a dramatic confrontation with Trump, Ho concluded that the existence of the question was aimed at undermining the participation of foreign communities.
The movie shows Ho’s fix and madness at the thought in front of the hotel room the night before the court – and the height of his office after the verdict. But the attorney is wary of staying in these jurisdictions.
“Most of what we’ve been doing for the past three years has been playing defensively, isn’t it?” Ho told reporters at a press conference we saw this month.
“I am trying to prevent, stop, and reduce these human rights abuses and the civil rights that this party and others are committing.”
The movie is directed by Elyse Steinberg, Josh Kriegman and Eli Despres, a group of historians behind a 2016 fly-on-the-wall documentary about the scandal of New York mayor Anthony Weiner.
Like “Weiner,” “The War” presented a positive review after leading a Sunday event in January, and also emphasizes the questions of his people – lawyers who were shot dead trying to charge a cellphone, and winning the way home from court a glass of ‘train wine.’
While ACLU has filed more than 100 lawsuits against Trump’s administration, the film focuses on just four.
Other shocking cases include a 17-year-old immigrant in a US detention center barred from removing a pregnant child from rape, and the disastrous separation of young children from their parents after crossing the southern border.
It also touches on some of ACLU’s own arguments – not least to protect the whites’ great rights to protest in Charlottesville in 2017, which culminated in the assassination.
And not all ACLU wars in the movie end successfully, emphasizing the ongoing war.
For Lee Gelernt, the ACLU’s top lawyer who successfully thwarted Trump’s ban on “Islamic days” seven days later took office and later campaigned for the separation of children, the fight will continue with the November vote – whoever wins.
“I think there may be a misconception that if Biden wins the election, many of these problems will end,” he said. “And it is not true that no Democratic president will do everything we believe should be done.”
However, Trump’s administration is a clear piece of film, with H Ho sometimes acknowledging that “if I can’t be a human rights lawyer now, at this point, when will it be?”
“I wish we hadn’t been in the war yet – I wish all our media about this film had been written down, at the same time,” said producer Kerry Washington (“Scandal.”)
“But we are still very much into the battle that is revealed and identified in this film.”