Lewis, the U.S. Representative from Georgia's 5th District (now in his 17th term), is a longtime civil-rights proponent and one of the prominent activists dating back to the 1963 March on Washington.
Regarding the film, which was directed by Dawn Porter, New York Times critic Ben Kenigsberg wrote, "Although the film uses a conventional format, it makes an urgent argument: that a new wave of voter suppression has threatened the rights that Lewis labored to secure. That context gives older footage — of Lewis and Bond encouraging voter registration in 1971 in Mississippi, for instance — a renewed power."
Following the film, Oprah Winfrey will interview the Congressman in a 16-minute session filmed a month ago and made exclusive for this series of screenings. Those who purchase tickets for the July 9th screening will also be able to stream a live panel discussion presented (at 4:30 PDT) by the Montgomery, Ala., Freedom Rides Museum. Featured will be Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with filmmaker Porter.
To pre-order "John Lewis: Good Trouble," click here. Funds raised go to help support the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.
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