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Without Precedent: The Supreme Life of Rosalie Abella
November 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Canada 2023 | Director: Barry Avrich | English | 84 minutes
The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Rosalie Silberman Abella was determined from a young age to defend the rights of those who faced injustice. Appointed at the age of 29 as the youngest judge in Canadian history, she went on to become Canada’s first Jewish female Supreme Court Justice, in an illustrious career that made her a respected human rights hero. With a perspective and point of view shaped from being born in a displaced person’s camp following the Holocaust, and being an immigrant to Canada at the age of 4 —Abella has been at the forefront of historic, monumental, and sometimes controversial landmark legal decisions in human rights, religious practices, and sex-discrimination cases. Chronicling her family beginnings, and reflecting on her remarkable life and career, this captivating documentary offers a loving and intimate portrait of a modern, fierce, uncompromising, and gracious champion of equal rights, who has spent her entire life reminding us that we must never forget how the world looks to those who are vulnerable.
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