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, director Dawn 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. (96 mins)
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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, and could not be more relevant.
“The sheer volume of archival footage and black and white stills in ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble,’ combined with interviews from some of Lewis’ past and present colleagues, has a powerful visual effect.” – Beandrea July, Hollywood Reporter
“The film is both a tribute and a warning – it’s part John Lewis’ greatest hits and part civics lesson about today.” – Steve Pond, TheWrap