Seeing Allred

Katherine Pecora, Staff Writer

 

As the #MeToo movement has gained popularity around the world, the push back on the status quo can be felt everywhere. Netflix documentary, “Seeing Allred” focuses on the day-to-day ups and downs that attorney Gloria Allred faces. The past year’s news has been riddled by the accusations and downfalls of some famous men from assaults and lewd behavior. While many of these stories are just now coming to light, Gloria Allred has focused on this pattern of behavior that has long been covered up or pushed to the side by the institutions these men work in. Allred has been speaking on the subject about the issues while filing lawsuits and holding press conferences for four decades of her professional career.

The documentary highlights Allred’s strategy to allow her clients to make their comments and grievances public. Her clients have spoken about the alleged mistreatments from a myriad of powerful men such as Bill Cosby, Tiger Woods, and even President Donald Trump. Her maternal treatment of her clients is comforting as they grasp hands and often walk into the eye of the storm of interviews and depositions. Though most try to keep the details of a case out of the media, Allred uses it to her advantage by shaping the patriarchal system in a way that can better benefit women. Allred’s hard-headed approach to systemic and ingrained abuse has garnered her support along with a high level of scrutiny. Allred’s constant presence in the news has made many think they are aware of her full story. There is an incredibly raw element to the documentary focusing on why these cases are so personal to Allred. In her own words, Allred explains her life and the narrative she has lived for years. Yet, there are things Allred refuses to comment on. The producer’s kind voice can be heard asking her to expand on a topic as she sits facing the camera and Allred is unapologetic for what she will not discuss. The film does speak to Allred’s own experience of rape and having an abortion.

Allred soldiers on through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Her mostly calm demeanor and her “keep moving forward” attitude show the strength she holds. The film also focuses in on Allred’s daughter showing how she has followed in many of her mother’s footsteps.

In the mid-1990s, Allred was visible fighting for the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, who were allegedly killed by OJ Simpson. Allred again took a very personal approach to this case. In 1979, Allred sued Sav-On for selling “boy toys” and “girl toys” she cited the differences in influence children face based on their gender.

The directors, Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman follow the long history of Allred’s outspoken and unapologetic ways. The documentary has garnered a five-star rating from Rotten Tomato’s. The film runs one hour and 36 minutes and premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

 

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