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Gabby Giffords Won't Back Down

1h 35m Films, Talks & Events, Documentary 2022

The extraordinary story of the former congresswoman and her fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011.

US congresswoman Gabby Giffords fights to survive an assassination attempt in this documentary, told through footage of Giffords and her husband, astronaut-turned-Senator Mark Kelly, as well as interviews with Barack Obama and others.

Price: $6.99 + taxes and fees

In 2011, at a public event to meet with her constituents, US congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the head in an assassination attempt. Thanks to the swift actions of her intern ― who provided first aid moments after the congresswoman was shot ― and first responders, Giffords survived. Six others in attendance that day, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old child, did not.

But Giffords’ recovery is far from over. In the weeks after the shooting, she receives a difficult diagnosis ― she has some paralysis, and her doctors tell her that the bullet went through the part of her brain controlling her speech, resulting in aphasia. What follows is a painstaking effort to relearn the very basics of communication and physical function, fuelled by Giffords’ relentless optimism and the support of her loving family.

Told through footage recorded by Giffords’ husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, as well as interviews with friends and political colleagues including Barack Obama, this documentary offers emotional punch and a strong call to action on gun control.

Content advisory: themes of gun violence; references to child death; medical imagery


Betsy West


Julie Cohen




English [cc]


United States

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