“RBG” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) film at the Loft


Starts Friday, MAY 11 at the Loft cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

“Special thanks to our community partner NOW (National Organization of (for) Women).

As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title “Notorious RBG.” What many don’t know is Ginsburg’s strategic, trailblazing role in defining gender-discrimination law.

Intent on systematically releasing women from second-class status, she argued six pivotal gender-bias cases in the 1970s before an all-male Supreme Court blind to sexism. Now 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land. (Dir. by Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018, USA, 97 mins., Rated PG)

May’s Reel Reads Selection! Purchase a copy of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Kinzhnik during the month of May and receive a special “Loft Reel Reads” discount off the cover price – 20% for Loft Cinema members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.”


UPDATE: Tucson NOW is co-hosting the opening night screening on May 11 of the RBG documentary at The Loft. “We’ll also have a brief general meeting before the movie at 6:50 pm on the patio (the movie starts at 7:15 pm).”

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. “RBG” has been extended another week to May 31, due to it’s popularity. It is a hilarious, and insightful film about a strong woman attorney, judge and Supreme Court Justice. You won’t be disappointed after you see this documentary.

  2. Wonderful news: “RBG” has been extended another week till May 24, due to its popularity. Justice Ginsburg was ahead of her times at Harvard Law School (only 9 women who were told they were taking the place of a male who had been denied admission), had been discriminated against in the law firms hiring later, but persevered and became a Federal District Court judge, then 2nd woman US Supreme Court Justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor). Lots of women (and lawyers) are going to see it, per FB postings.

  3. What an inspiring, well done documentary about the life of this Supreme Court Justice, who was first a woman lawyer winning sex discrimination cases before the very court she ended up sitting on. Now a dissenting voice on the Court with 2 other women, the documentary shows her strength, humor and resilience.
    Her tax atty. husband Marty has passed on, as has her conservative friend fellow Justice Antonin Scalia (who enjoyed opera with her). Her two children and granddaughter (also a Harvard Law School grad) are interviewed as well, as are authors, childhood friends, fellow attorneys. Go see it, at the Loft playing 3 or 4 times a day for at least a week. Especially inspiring for liberal attorneys and law students to see this film, to understand how civil rights and women’s rights evolved during 20th century. Had no idea she was called the “Notorious RBG”, which is also shown in this film. Tucson Now activists present tonight, along with CD 2 candidates Bruce Wheeler and Mary Mariella.

  4. I took the afternoon off and went to see the first showing around Noon today. The movie is a well done documentary about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an inspirational look at the career of one of America’s leading women’s rights advocates. The movie audience clapped its approval at the end. Well worth seeing.

    • thanks for your comments about “RBG”. I hope to see it tonight at the Tucson NOW screening along with a bunch of women activists.

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