John Lewis: Good Trouble

Fri, 07/03/2020 (All day) - Mon, 09/07/2020 (All day)

Dir. Dawn Porter / 2020 / 96 min

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Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 80 years old, Porter explores his childhood experiences, his inspiring family and his fateful meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. In addition to her interviews with Lewis and his family, Porter’s primarily cinéma verité film also includes interviews with political leaders, Congressional colleagues, and other people who figure prominently in his life.

Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative 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’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary.

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Livestream Q&A - Thu 7/9 8pm ET

All ticket-buyers are welcome to stream a live panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with Director Dawn Porter. In partnership with the Capri Theater. RSVP >

Help Fight Voter Suppression

Congressman John Lewis helped get the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. Since 2013, new voter suppression tactics like strict voter ID laws and shortened voting times have intentionally made it difficult for low-income areas and Black people. Help voter registration where voter suppression laws and online registration systems hit hardest, like North Carolina and Georgia, with the Make Good Trouble social action campaign. Take Action >