Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella

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Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella (Documentary | Canada, 2023 | 80 min.)

Director: Barry Avrich

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Has the U.S. Supreme Court been on your mind? Are you in need of uplift and inspiration?!  This film is for you – for everyone: it’s a true winner. Without Precedent is the story of an exceptional woman who spent her entire life reminding us that we must never forget how the world looks to those who are vulnerable.

Born to Holocaust survivors, Abella studied law. At 29 years old, was appointed a judge, becoming both the youngest and the first pregnant judge in Canadian history. In 2004 she was appointed a Supreme Court Justice becoming the first Jewish woman and the first refugee to sit on the bench — and she’s probably the first Canadian justice that became a human rights phenomenon. Abella was at the forefront of major decisions on employment equity, gay marriage, constitutional law, and many more landmark cases.

Meet a fireball of a person who is curious, accessible and still ambitious at the age of 75 as she begins the next act of her life. Comparisons with RBG are sure to come to mind, but Avrich’s winning documentary will help you to distinguish between these two extraordinary justices, similar in their enormous judicial significance but different in their distinct personalities.

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