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Film: On the Basis of Sex

  • Congregation Kol Ami 1008 West Water Streeet Elmira, NY 14905 (map)

The JCF’s June film, On the Basis of Sex, presents the early career of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her life as a young mother attending both her own law-school classes and those of her husband, then seriously ill, through the discrimination she faced as a woman lawyer to her work on gender-equality cases that made her famous.

Written by Bader Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman and directed by Mimi Leder, it stars Felicity Jones as Ruth and Armie Hammer as Martin Ginsburg.

The picture focuses on their role in the Moritz v. Commissioner, a landmark 1972 case that challenged a decision of the US Tax Court that a Denver man, Charles Moritz, was ineligible for tax deductions for the expenses he accumulated in the care of his invalid mother, essentially because he was not a woman. They chose a male plaintiff both to make a point—that sex discrimination can affect everyone—and because they thought that male judges might be more sympathetic to a man.

The screening will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in the Braunstein Community Room, 1008 West Water Street, Elmira, NY 14905. It’s free and everyone is welcome.