Sunday, January 24, 2021

9th CIRCUIT COWBOY: The Long, Good Fight of Judge Harry Pregerson hits VOD Tuesday

 Loving portrait of Judge Harry Pregerson who was a long time fixture in the US 9th Circuit Court. He was a thorn in the side of business and the far right to the point that President Trump wanted to break up the 9th Circuit just to try and get rid of him.

A cinematic version of the eulogy/memorial service that is intercut throughout the film, this is a wonderful little documentary that tells you a great deal about the man so many people loved. While far from complete, Pregerson lived well into his 90’s and the film runs only 54 minutes, it still gives you a solid idea of who he was and how he changed things for the better.

One of the things I loved about the film is that you get not just the accomplishments but clues to the way he made change for the better, for example he made people fighting for better sewage treatment realize that it wasn’t a matter of the plant worker intentional making things worse because they wanted to, but rather he forced them to see that the system was broken and that they had to fix that if they wanted an improvement.

Hitting VOD on Tuesday 9th CIRCUIT COWBOY is worth a look

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