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"Ethel" @ SFIFF55

  • 24 Apr 2012
  • 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Sundance Kabuki Cinemas

BAWIFM co-presents the SFIFF55 screening:



Sun, Apr 22

   6:00 / Kabuki 

Tue, Apr 24

   3:15 / Kabuki 

Sat, Apr 28

   4:00 / PFA 
By virtue of its origins, this documentary is the definitive Ethel Skakel Kennedy biography: Made by Rory Kennedy, youngest daughter of Ethel and Robert F. Kennedy, it's filled with private home movies (the Kennedys apparently had a camera running at just about every family gathering). The film also features candid, emotional interviews with seven of the surviving childrenundefinedas well as the lady herself, still a sparkplug in her 80s, who gets the ball rolling by asking, “Why should I have to answer all of these questions?” before laughing uproariously. Ethel offers a unique perspective on one of America’s most prominent political dynasties, viewing the glory years of Camelotundefinedalso a time of great social upheaval, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam Warundefinedthrough the eyes of Robert F. Kennedy’s children and, most importantly, his beloved wife, who supported his political ambitions but never faded into the background. You may think you know the full story of the Kennedy family, but the small moments Ethel remembers--including RFK’s decision to scale Canada’s Mt. Kennedy after his brother’s death--reveal the deeply affectionate family bonds behind the gilded myth.
 --Cheryl Eddy 

Rory Kennedy

The eleventh child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, filmmaker Rory Kennedy was born in December 1968, six months after her father’s assassination. Her documentary credits include the Emmy-winning Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) and several films broadcast by HBO, including 2003’s Pandemic: Facing AIDS, 2004’s A Boy’s Life and 2008’s Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House.

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