Time documentary named one of the “50 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far)”

April 22, 2023

The 2020 documentary Time, which tells the story of Fox and Rob Rich, has been named one of the “50 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far)” by critics at the Hollywood Reporter.

Coming in at #48, they write: “Garrett Bradley’s documentary observes the brutality of the American carceral system from an uncommon vantage point. The filmmaker jettisons the expository soundbites of talking heads and the contextual support of charts and numbers, choosing instead to construct an impressionistic portrait of one family’s specific experience. Combining original footage with nearly two decades’ worth of home videos recorded by Fox Rich for her imprisoned husband, Robert, the film loosely chronicles Rich’s fight to secure clemency for Robert. But from its very first moments, Time makes clear that it’s operating in a singularly intimate register. With Rich’s voice and perspective guiding us, Time is that rarity in nonfiction filmmaking: a project that trusts its subject — a Black woman, a mother, an abolitionist — to tell her own story.”

Second Chance Freedom Ball

Fox and Rob were both convicted for an armed robbery. While Fox served three and a half years in prison for her role, an overzealous prosecution led to Rob — a first-time offender — receiving a 60-year sentence. The film documents Fox’s two decade-long fight for her husband’s freedom, which finally came in 2018 after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards finally granted him clemency.

Time has already received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary, as well as numerous other awards and recognitions, including a Peabody Award.

We are so excited to have Fox and Rob joining us in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 29 for the inaugural JustLeadershipUSA Second Chance Freedom Ball, where we will be celebrating them and other leaders from across the country who have won their freedom. This year’s event is at capacity, but get on the waiting list for next year.

Fox and Rob Rich

Watch the trailer for Time:

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