VA Film Festival Preview: Ethel

Posted on October 18, 2012 by


What can be hidden by those in a highly public spotlight? What can be private?

In the award-winning documentary Ethel, the life and story of Ethel Kennedy is conveyed by members of her family. The film is directed by her daughter, the youngest of 11 children, Rory Kennedy. Wife of Bobby Kennedy, Ethel’s life in the political and social spotlight is often commemorated for her commitment to public service, and also the extravagance of being a ‘Kennedy’.

The film, featuring candid interviews with Ethel and some of her children, paints a “personal portrait of Ethel’s political awakening,” her life with Bobby, and raising 11 children after his death in 1968 at 42. Ethel is sure to move you to tears, make you laugh, and most of all, cast a fly-0n-the-wall inside look at a “political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.”

ethel the movie

If you missed the HBO premier on October 18th, do not fret! The Virginia Film Festival will screen this film Saturday, November 3rd, 1pm, at Old Cabell Hall. Exclusive panel with Max Kennedy, the 9th son of Ethel and Bobby, moderated by UVa Professor Larry Sabato. Get your tickets!