Abby Ginzberg

Peabody award-winning filmmaker Abby Ginzberg has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. In addition to directing BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, she recently released WAGING CHANGE, a documentary about the challenges faced by tipped restaurant workers, which premiered at DOC NYC in 2019. She is also the director of AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US (2017), a film about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the Muslim travel ban. The film won a Silver Gavel was broadcast on public television in 2019. Ginzberg co-produced and co-directed AGENTS OF CHANGE (2016; with Frank Dawson), which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival where it won the Jury and the Audience Awards for Best Feature Documentary. It was broadcast on America Reframed in 2018 and 2019. SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA won a 2015 Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world, winning four audience awards. It was broadcast on public television in 2016. Ginzberg was also the Consulting Producer on THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Doc category in 2012 and was directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin. (06/21) 

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Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power


A film by Abby Ginzberg, 2020, 83 min, color

BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER is an intimate and inspiring portrait of Representative Barbara Lee, a champion of civil rights and a steadfast voice for human rights, peace, and economic and racial justice in the U.S. Congress. In 2001, in the face of extreme backlash, she cast the lone vote in opposition to the…

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Waging Change


A film by Abby Ginzberg, 2019, 61 min, color

WAGING CHANGE shines a light on an American struggle hidden in plain sight: the women-led movement to end the federal tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers. The majority of people serving food in U.S. restaurants are paid a federal sub-minimum wage of only $2.13 an hour and are forced to depend on tips to feed…

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