A Film By Donna Zaccaro
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“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
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
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.
The primary focus of the film is Ferraro’s public service and political career, from District Attorney in Queens, NY, and later member of Congress, to the emotional night of her Vice Presidential nomination and acceptance speech, along with the tough campaign that followed. Though 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, and commentary by many leading political figures, both Democrat and Republican, as well as journalists who covered her campaign.
The film highlights the personal lessons from Ferraro’s life, including the importance of education. balancing work and family, how to build consensus and move into leadership positions, and later, the challenges in her battle against multiple myeloma.
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.
FILM WEBSITE WITH PHOTOS AND ARCHIVAL MATERIAL:
PBS NEWSHOUR INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER DONNA ZACCARO