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Bella! (2023)

Opens on September 15

Director: Jeff L. Lieberman Run Time: 102 min. Release Year: 2023

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Bella Azbug, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Shirley MacLaine

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

Winner of the 2022 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film

In 1970, Bella Abzug entered Congress ready for a fight. With her trademark hat and Bronx swagger, the first elected Feminist upended the Washington patriarchy, battling for women’s equality, civil rights, and LGBTQ+ protections. Despite Nixon and the FBI’s attempts to silence her, Bella persisted – revolutionizing the blueprint for America.

“Bella Abzug fought ferociously… Her never-say-die advocacy still inspires”

—Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

Bella’s inspiring story is told through brand new interviews with Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, Hillary Clinton, Lily Tomlin, Nancy Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Maxine Waters, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue and many more. Using never-before-seen home movies, audio diaries, and a vast trove of newly-discovered news footage, Bella! (2023) is not just a story about one woman, but takes viewers into a colorful and gritty era with deep similarities to events of today.

About the filmmaker:

Jeff L. Lieberman is an award-winning journalist, producer and filmmaker and the founder of Re-Emerging Films. His most recent documentary Bella! (2023) profiles the trailblazing congresswoman, Bella Abzug and is the winner of the 2022 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. His previous films include the documentaries The Amazing Nina Simone (2015) and Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria (2012). Among other work, Lieberman recently served as a Senior Producer at CNN, leading a team through producing the documentary Taking on Taylor Swift, which was nominated for a 2023 News and Documentary Emmy. He has also directed many short films and was previously a CBS News Producer and a Video Reporter for The New York Post.

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