a collective eyebrow was picked up when the 2023 Sundance Film Festival made a last-minute announcement for the lineup: justice, a documentary examining allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. that the film marked the first documentary directed by Doug Liman, the man behind swingers And The Bourne Identityand was produced by Amy Hurdy, a former journalist and lead researcher for documentaries allen vs farro And On the record, only further fueled the curiosity. Will the film include new claims against Kavanaugh that emerged during and around his explosive hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee? Or perhaps present new evidence corroborating the accounts of women who had already come forward against Kavanaugh alleging sexual misconduct, including Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick?
justice debuted on January 20 at Sundance’s Park Avenue Theater in front of a capacity crowd of 295 people, which also included a few dozen members of the press. Liman got his entire crew to sign NDAs and financed the project himself to keep it completely under wraps.
And the film raises more questions than it answers.
It opens with Liman sitting on a couch in front of Christine Blasey Ford, who questions him as to why he, a Hollywood director, wanted to make this film. Only the back of Ford’s head is visible, and she is never seen on camera again, save archival footage of her powerful testimony. In a Q&A after the screening, Lyman said that he decided not to include the new footage of Ford to protect him from additional scrutiny and threats. Svetnik, meanwhile, becomes unconvinced.
Much of the focus of the film belongs to Deborah Ramirez, who told the new YorkerRonan Farrow and Jane Mayer say that as a freshman at Yale in 1983, “Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dorm party, thrust his penis into her face, and tried to touch her without her consent.” Caused because he pushed her away.” She repeats those allegations during a sit-down interview in justice, (Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.)
While the FBI spoke with Ramirez as part of a week-long “limited scope” investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Trump nominee Kavanaugh, it ultimately concluded that he had “no corroboration of the allegations”. [of sexual misconduct]Leading up to the conservative justice’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, the bureau failed to admit agents had talked to so many people who either corroborated her account or had other stories of Kavanaugh’s behavior at Yale.
biggest reveal in justice Max Stier, a Yale classmate of Cavanaugh’s, is concerned. according to the book Brett Kavanaugh’s EducationBy new York Times Reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, Steer, who runs the Partnership for Public Service, a major non-profit (and nonpartisan) organization in Washington, D.C., informed senators and the FBI that they “watched Mr. Kavanaugh shit his pants.” with a separate drunken sighting at a dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into a female student’s hand,” but the FBI did not pursue him. justice One goes a step further, airing an audio recording of Steer’s account, which the filmmakers say was handed to them by an anonymous source. (Stier declined to speak to the filmmakers, as did Kavanaugh.)
“It’s something I told my wife years ago,” Steere says, before elaborating on how he had heard “firsthand” a story from friends of Cavanaugh who had been in a heavily intoxicated state. telling the young woman to “hold your penis”. Team. He also recounts an alleged episode on audio in which he heard a drunken Kavanaugh attempt to insert his penis into the mouth of a young woman at a dorm party while she nearly passed out from drinking.
elsewhere justiceSeveral Yale classmates of Ramirez expressed their frustration with the FBI for failing to interview him, and even suggested that Kavanaugh’s team was contacting his Yale classmates during the investigation to ask them to reveal their Try to lead in the direction. The film shows a series of text messages that appear to Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates discussing how members of Kavanaugh’s congregation had approached them about their recollections regarding the Ramirez allegations. Since Kavanaugh was adamant that he did none of this during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the film argues that he perjured himself.
However, more than anything justice Seems like a sign for future accusers and witnesses of Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct to come forward. The press was informed that the 83-minute version shown at Sundance was not the final cut, and Herdy and Liman told festival-goers during a post-screening Q&A that the documentary had since been announced on January 19. They’ve got new tips, and that the movie – and their investigation – isn’t over yet.