John Lewis: Good Trouble

1hr 36mins
Directed by
Dawn Porter
John Lewis

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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.

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Plus, on Wednesday, July 15 we held a virtual PANORAMA discussion with Boston Globe Metro columnist Adrian Walker and State Representative Nika Elugardo about the film, the work of John Lewis, and how his battles still speak to today’s struggle for equity and justice. Presented in conjunction with Town of Brookline’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee.

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