John Lewis: Good Trouble: A Virtual Speed Cinema Presentation

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John Lewis: Good Trouble
Directed by Dawn Porter


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.

CINEMA+ On Monday, September 21, at 7 pm, join us for a live virtual panel with director Dawn Porter; Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project; and Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. US Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, will provide opening remarks. The September 21 panel will be interactive via Zoom for the first 10,000 participants to register. The panel will also be available for free on the Kentucky Performing Arts Facebook page. Register here for a to reserve a spot for the interactive panel via Zoom.

“Lewis was fighting for America’s future long before any recent conflicts, and the documentary makes a welcome case for keeping hope alive.”—Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Using interviews and rare archival footage, John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles Lewis’ sixty-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, healthcare reform and immigration. Using present-day interviews with Lewis, now 79 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. Lewis has been tirelessly working to fight for African Americans to be treated with dignity and to obtain true equality. 2020, U.S., 96 minutes.  Rated PG.