Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down

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The Main 1 Sun, May 15, 2022 7:30 PM
The Main 1 Thu, May 19, 2022 4:10 PM
Virtual Available In:MN Only
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Guest Attending:YES
Festival Programs:Special Presentations
Women & Film
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Health & Wellness
Culture & Society
Release Year:2022
Runtime:97 min
Print Source:Storyville Films
Director:Julie Cohen
Betsy West
Executive Producer:Amy Entelis
Courtney Sexton
Ian Orefice
Alexandra Johnes
Oren Jacoby
Producer:Lisa Erspamer
Sam Jinishian
Julie Cohen
Betsy West
Cinematographer:Dyanna Taylor
Editor:Ilya Chaiken
Composer:Miriam Cutler
Principal Cast:Gabby Giffords
Mark Kelly


In 2011, Gabby Giffords, an Arizona Congresswoman at the time, was the target of an assassination attempt, a horrifying shooting that killed six people. Giffords survived but suffered a severe brain injury that left permanent damage. Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s fierce documentary is a portrait of this brave and resilient American.

From the directors of the Oscar®-nominated hit documentary RBG comes an intimate and exhilarating portrait of Giffords. Using never-before-seen home video from her hospital stay and verité footage of her painstaking recovery, Cohen and West show how Giffords — with husband, astronaut-turned-U.S. Senator, Mark Kelly at her side — has summoned the strength to become one of the country’s most passionate advocates for gun control. “Within minutes of meeting Gabby Giffords, we knew we had to make a film about this phenomenal woman,” said Cohen and West, and what unfolds is a testament to the courage and spirit of this extraordinary American.

Directors Biography

Julie Cohen Betsy West

Julie Cohen is an acclaimed director of documentary features. Her work includes Pedro Ruiz: Coming Home (2011); Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing (2013); The Sturgeon Queens (2014), American Veteran (2017); and, with Betsy West, RBG (2018), nominated for an Oscar; My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021); and Julia (2021).

Betsy West is an acclaimed producer and director, and is the Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media Society Emeritus at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. With Julie Cohen, she has directed RBG (2018), which was nominated for an Oscar and appeared at the 2018 MSPIFF, My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) and Julia (2021).