U.S. Narrative

Director: Chris Maltby, Nico Perrino, Aaron Reese

Length: 99 minutes

Ira Glasser is one of America’s unsung champions of civil rights and liberties. As the leader of the American Civil Liberties Union for 23 years, he transformed the organization from a small, “mom-and-pop” operation on the verge of bankruptcy into a civil liberties juggernaut with offices in every state and a $30 million endowment. Amid high-profile controversies surrounding free speech and racial equality — and on the occasion of the ACLU’s centennial — Ira reflects on his life at the forefront of defending the rights of all Americans, from civil rights leaders to neo-Nazis.