John Lewis: Good Trouble

2020 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 36m


John Lewis: Good Trouble interweaves archival footage of his storied career and interviews with political associates. Director Dawn Porter also explores Lewis’s strong family experiences and his momentous meeting with the Rev. Martin Luther King.  Lewis first adapted a philosophy of nonviolence in Nashville and he participated in the March on Washington. He was a tenacious social activist when it came to voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. Doing so he was beaten several times once suffering a concussion.

Major Participants: John Lewis / Rev.Martin Luther King / Elijah Cummings / James E. Clyburn / Julian Bond
Why Stream This Film?
A 17-term congressman who spent much of his time fighting voter suppression and disenfranchisement in this country. How can you not see  this film when you hear Lewis jokingly boast he’s been arrested 45 times?
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94
  • Metacritic Score: 70
  • Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards: Winner, Best Historical/Biographical Documentary; Nominated, Best Director (Dawn Porter)
  • News & Documentary Emmy Awards: Nominated, Outstanding Historical Documentary
  • Georgia Film Critics Association: Winner, Best Director (Dawn Porter)
Director Porter has done an excellent job assembling archival footage and interviews to tell Lewis’s story. The timing of this movie celebrating this American hero is opportune. Do yourself a favor: See it, and learn.
Steve Davis

The Austin Chronicle

The civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis surely requires no introduction, but JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE, a documentary, provides a solid one anyway, striking a good balance between revisiting Lewis’s most famous work as an activist and chronicling his life today.
Ben Kenigsberg

The New York Times

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