Cinema J: Bella!


Cinema J: Bella!

March 5, 2024

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English | Documentary | USA, 2023 | 102 minutes

Bella!, Jeff Lieberman’s well researched and beautifully crafted documentary, highlights Abzug’s accomplishments as a political tour de force, a fearless feminist and a fighter for equality and justice. In interviews from Gloria Steinem and Hillary Clinton to Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Streisand, she is praised for her chutzpah, dedication, and impact as a role model.

The film is an irresistible love letter to New York and to Abzug, the quintessential New Yorker, with her no-nonsense Bronx charisma, her colorful hats, and her bold and gutsy voice.

Bella! is a beautiful tribute to this extraordinary woman.

In 1970, in a male-dominated era, Bella Abzug challenged the status quo, leading a successful campaign in Manhattan that took her to Congress. Known for her iconic hat and Bronx confidence, Bella championed women’s credit cards, LGBTQ equality, and diverse leadership. She aimed to shatter the Senate’s boys’ club and become New York’s first female mayor, facing opposition from various fronts, including the Nixon Administration, CIA, FBI, and The New York Times. This comprehensive look into Abzug’s life includes home movies, audio diaries, new footage, and interviews with Barbra Streisand, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Steinem, Maxine Waters, and more.

Choose from two Screenings:

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World
Tuesday, March 5 | 1:30-3:00 PM | $10 in advance / $12 at the door
Leisure World Clubhouse II
3300 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring, MD 20906

Cinema J @ The Kreeger Theater
Thursday, March 7 I 7:00–9:00 PM I $12
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852

For more information, please contact Frieda Enoch at or 301-348-3832.