Netflix’s New Political Documentary Short about Martha Mitchell and Watergate Has a New Trailer

In the early 1970s the Watergate scandal rocked America and eventually caused President Nixon to resign. Martha Mitchell, the wife of U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell, would not keep quiet about such a blatant act of corruption, and vehemently spoke out against Nixon – she was also the first person to call for his resignation. However, the Nixon administration did not take kindly to this and the WHite House did everything in their power to silence her including gaslighting and even kidnap. But she was not believed and any simply stated she had a mental illness.

As it turned out, Mitchell was correct about Nixon and was soon hailed as a hero – but quickly forgotten. Although she did end up being the person behind the ‘Martha Mitchell effect’, a case in which someone is wrongly attributed with a mental illness when speaking about true events

But now a new 40-minute documentary short is heading to Netflix that aims to offer a female view of Watergate using archival footage.

She was once as famous as Jackie O. And then she tried to take down a President. The Martha Mitchell Effect is an archival documentary portrait of the unlikeliest of whistleblowers: Martha Mitchell, a Republican cabinet wife who was gaslighted by the Nixon Administration to keep her quiet. It offers a female gaze on Watergate through the voice of the woman herself. From directors Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy.

The film, “The Martha Mitchell Effect”, arrives on June 17th and you can see the trailer below.

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