Acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (Trapped, Gideon’s Army) chronicles the extraordinary life and career of legendary civil rights activist and Georgia congressman John Lewis, who sadly just passed in July. Using rare archival footage and interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other key figures—as well as present-day interviews with the 80 year old Lewis—this documentary takes audiences through his 60-plus year career of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration. Porter also delves into Lewis’ childhood, his inspiring family, and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. Shot in a cinéma verité style, John Lewis: Good Trouble is a timely portrait of a civil rights hero.
Directed by Dawn Porter, U.S.A., 2020, 96 mins.
Immediately following the feature, there is a pre-recorded discussion between Congressman Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that is a perfect follow-up to the documentary and could not be more relevant.
Additionally, all ticket-buyers are welcome to stream an amazing free panel discussion hosted by the Freedom Rides Museum and featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter. The video can be accessed through the ticketing link.