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Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

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“America’s funniest political columnist” is how The Guardian once described Molly Ivins. Realizing that laughter was the great unifier, the Texas-raised, award-winning journalist used wit and wordplay to skewer the powerful. She was a bestselling author (Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, Bushwhacked) and a champion of civil rights and the ACLU. At the height of her popularity, 400 newspapers carried her column. Newly released in the U.K., and available to stream in the U.S., this new documentary pairs archival footage with interviews. Friends and family tell of Ivins’s struggles and successes, the mighty she shook, and even her dog named Shit. Ivins died of breast cancer in 2007, at the age of 62, but in her columns of 15, 20, and even 30 years ago, she foresaw the issues of today. —Bridget Arsenault

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