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Documentary to be released on Gabby Giffords’s recovery from shooting

Bonnie Cash

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) will be the subject of a “tender yet raw” documentary from a pair of Academy Award-nominated filmmakers.

Betsy West and Julie Cohen, the directors behind the 2018 documentary “RBG” on the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will come together again for “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” CNN Films and TIME Studios announced Wednesday. 

The project will document Giffords’s “remarkable perseverance following a horrific 2011 assassination attempt that left her with partial paralysis and the language impairment, aphasia.”

Fifty-one-year-old Giffords, who is married to Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), was shot in the head during a constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz. The gunman’s attack left six dead and 13 wounded.

Home movies taken while Giffords was hospitalized, along with “unprecedented access” and “current-day cinema verité” filming, will be featured to show the former congresswoman’s “painstaking and miraculous recovery.” The film will also tell the “remarkable love story” between Giffords and Kelly.

“Within minutes of meeting Gabby Giffords, we knew we had to make a film about this phenomenal woman,” Cohen and West said in a news release. “The intelligence, humor, and toughness she brings to every personal and political challenge that comes her way makes Gabby not only an ideal documentary subject, but also a spectacular human being to spend time with.”

The documentary, which is said to be “near completion,” will feature interviews with former President Obama, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

Tags Arizona Arizona shooting Barack Obama Gabby Giffords James Clyburn Kirsten Gillibrand Mark Kelly Mass shooting Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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