A Film By Donna Zaccaro
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned
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"Starred Review. An inspiring, uplifting biography.... Ferraro helped to lay the groundwork for women in politics today. Fast paced, informative, and captivating, this profile has just the right combination of interviews and historical footage to hold viewers’ attention throughout."
- School Library Journal
"Highly recommended...an invaluable lesson in politics. Ferraro’s distinction as a 'first' in American politics may be her legacy, but her journey getting there is equally remarkable. Much more than a standard biopic, Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is deeply personal, providing rare insight into the experiences that cultivated Ferraro’s devotion to public service."
- Educational Media Reviews Online
"Recommended. An enlightening profile...A portrait of a woman who cared deeply for her family and took her political duties seriously. A good supplement for political science, women’s studies, and U.S. history classes."
– Booklist (ALA)
"Highly Recommended. The film illustrates the political savvy and persona that made Ferraro a success.... Footage from the Democratic convention and her debate with then Vice President George H.W. Bush highlight her political skills and the excitement generated by her candidacy."
– Video Librarian
“Intriguing…fascinating…the film reminds us Ferraro’s nomination was every bit the milestone.”
– Washington Post
"An encomium for the first woman to run on a major party’s ticket for the White House…. Clips of her in public settings depict a remarkable communicator whose straight talk and logic-driven arguments would be welcome on the current political scene.”
– Hollywood Reporter
“Cuts smartly to the inspiring essence of Ferraro’s 1984 VP run, a watershed moment for female political representation, swaddled in a nonsense Queens toughness.”
– TimeOut, New York
“Stirring…the story of a hard-driving woman who found ways to manage and transcend the constraints of a paternalistic era…..As the film shows, history is powerful. To her credit, director Donna Zaccaro, Ferraro’s daughter, did not ignore controversies and setbacks in her mother’s career. But the thrust of the film…is uplifting: Ferraro’s push against the boundaries of her time, the emotion and exuberance of her rise from poverty to the apex of politics….”
– The Daily Beast
“Although she was defeated, her candidacy was a seminal moment in politics that was validated by the subsequent leap in the number of women holding office. In three decades, political women have gone from anomalies to mainstream, though they still are underrepresented.”
– Albert R. Hunt, New York Times / Bloomberg News
“Ferraro’s campaign eased America’s long-running doubt that a woman could be accepted at that level of national leadership. She reset the bar at a place from which it couldn’t be lowered.”
– New York Daily News
“Though Ferraro may have paved the way, ‘Geraldine’ reminds us how long and pitted the road can be.”
– Los Angeles Times
"Filled with teachable moments, a timely and well-told tale of leadership, commitment, courage and collaboration. This effective documentary could generate fascinating discussions at campus events and in classes on government, media and communication, women's studies, film, and history."
– Jamienne S. Studley; Former President, Skidmore College & Deputy Undersecretary, US Dept of Education
World Premiere, Hamptons International Film Festival
DOCNYC, New York’s Documentary Festival
Closing Night Film, Athena Film Festival
Women & Film Voices Festival
River Run Film Festival
Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of the trailblazing woman who made history in 1984 as the first female Vice Presidential nominee on a major party ticket in the United States.
The film profiles Ferraro’s life from an impoverished childhood, the struggles she endured while growing up, and the hurdles she faced and overcame both professionally and personally in order to achieve what no woman had done before.
A highlight of the film is the emotional night of her Vice Presidential nomination and acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. A tough campaign followed, including debates with then Vice-President George H.W. Bush.
While the Mondale-Ferraro ticket was defeated, the film explores how Ferraro’s landmark nomination and her conduct during that campaign changed the national perception of what was possible for women.
The film features never-before-seen archival footage and stills, intimate interviews with Ferraro, journalists who covered the campaign, and commentary by many leading political figures, both Democrat and Republican, including Hillary Clinton and former President George H.W. Bush, who later developed a warm friendship with Ferraro.
With insider access, former NBC Today producer Donna Zaccaro, created a revealing personal portrait of her mother, a woman who changed the face of American politics forever and layed the groundwork for women to play an equal role in the political world at all levels.
Among those interviewed and featured in the film are:
- President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush
- Vice President Walter Mondale
- President Bill Clinton
- Secretary Madeleine Albright
- Secretary Hillary Clinton
- Senator Barbara Mikulski
- Senator Olympia Snowe
- Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi
- Cokie Roberts, reporter, NPR and ABC
- Al Hunt, former reporter, Wall Street Journal
- Ed Rollins, Republican campaign consultant
- Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
FILM WEBSITE WITH PHOTOS AND ARCHIVAL MATERIAL:
PBS NEWSHOUR INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER DONNA ZACCARO