Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn


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Thursday, February 20, 2020
7 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History

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General Admission: $12 | *Students: $6

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Director: Ivy Meeropol
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 1 hr 34 min
Language: English

Philadelphia Premiere
In 1988, director Ivy Meeropol (Heir to an Execution) and her father, Michael, traveled to Washington, D.C. to see the AIDS Memorial Quilt. As they walked onto the National Mall, the very first panel they saw was for Roy Cohn, which had his name and the words “bully”, “coward”, and “victim” sewn onto its surface. That moment evoked difficult and conflicting feelings for Meeropol. After all, Cohn had been the young prosecutor in the trial of her grandparents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. It was Cohn who pushed for their executions, ultimately costing the Rosenbergs their lives and leaving their two children — Meeropol’s then ten-year-old father and his younger brother — orphaned.

BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN offers an unflinching look at the infamous attorney who went on to serve as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the late 1950s. He then took on the rough and tumble world of New York City business and politics as one of the city’s most effective power brokers and “fixers.” With an influence that stretched for decades, Cohn became the darling of the Reagan White House and even served as a mentor to Donald J. Trump, helping him to build his current career in politics. In addition to interviews with Cohn’s friends, family, colleagues, and lovers — some of whom were, at times, his political targets — this riveting documentary draws from recently unearthed archival material, including newly discovered audiotapes that feature candid interviews between Cohn and journalist Peter Manso.

Special Guests:

  • Ivy Meeropol | Director of BULLY. COWARD. VICTIM. THE STORY OF ROY COHN
  • Michael Meeropol | Father of Ivy Meeropol

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival