“Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella” opens theatrically
A favorite of Hot DocsUnprecedented: The Supreme Life of Rosalie AbellaIt opens in Canadian theaters on June 9, 2023
Rosalie Silberman Abella—“Rosie” to nearly everyone who knows her—built a breathtaking and groundbreaking legal legacy while becoming a human rights hero and icon. This is the story of an exceptional man who throughout his life reminded us that we should never forget what the world looks like for the vulnerable.
Considered by many to be “Canada’s RBG,” he has been at the forefront of important decisions on employment equity, gay marriage, constitutional law and many other landmark cases. In addition, Justice Abella—who was born in a post-Holocaust displaced persons camp and immigrated to Canada at the age of 4—has represented many marginalized communities during her years on the bench.
As a passionate and provocative Supreme Court justice, Rosie Abella is the sixth woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada since 1875, the first Jewish woman and the
the first refugee to sit on the bench – but possibly the first Canadian justice to become a human rights phenomenon.
The film is a loving and informative documentary portrait of Justice Abella in her final days before she left the bench, with full evidence of what inspired her and what continues to drive her unwavering commitment to change, as well as a chronicle of her family’s beginnings. , her amazing career and enduring marriage to Irving Abella.
Meet the fireball of a curious, accessible, and ambitious 75-year-old as he embarks on the next act of his life, a life punctuated by pain, triumph, 38 Letters and Gershwin’s music.
“Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella” opens in Canadian theaters on Friday, June 9. The documentary is written and directed by Montreal native Barry Avrich (The Talented Mr. Rosenberg, Made You Look: A True Story about Fake Art) and focuses on Rosalie Abella, Canada’s first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice and the third. The film features interviews with Margaret Atwood, The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, The Right Honorable Paul Martin, The Right Honorable Joe Clark, Adam Gopnik, Charles Bronfman and Irving Abella, among others, and recently had its world premiere at Hot Docs 2023 .
It opens in the following Canadian theaters:
- Forum (Montreal)
- Deluxe Cavendish (Montreal)
- Varsity (Toronto)
- Empress Walk (Toronto)
- St. Laurent Center (Ottawa)
- Scotiabank Theater (Ottawa)
- Scotiabank Theater (Winnipeg)
- Eau Claire (Calgary)
- Fifth Avenue (Vancouver)
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At 29, Rosalie Abella was appointed the youngest judge in Canadian history and leaves the Supreme Court as its longest-serving current member. As Canada’s first Jewish female Supreme Court Justice, Abella reflects on the career that made her a human rights hero. Considered by some to be “Canada’s RBG,” Abella has been at the forefront of powerful and sometimes controversial legal decisions on fair employment, same-sex marriage, constitutional law and many other landmark cases. Born in a post-Holocaust displaced persons camp and immigrating to Canada at the age of 4 with the perspective and perspective of an immigrant, Abella has dedicated her long career to serving many marginalized communities during her years on the bench and commands. respect across the global political spectrum, at the international level.
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