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From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media

John Lewis: Good Trouble
Directed by Dawn Porter
Streaming on HBO Max

Growing up in Atlanta, I knew the inspiring John Lewis as a civil rights leader, a member of the Atlanta City Council, and when I made the leap to middle school, he became our congressman. And now that I have children—one heading into middle school this fall—his amazing graphic novel trilogy ‘March’ is leading a new generation of young people.

When ‘March’ came out in 2014, Congressman Lewis was in his 70s. And yet at Comic-Con in 2015, amongst Wonder Women and Dr. Whos, he fit right in. He signed his books, took selfies, and even cosplayed his younger self by donning the type of clothes and backpack (filled with fruit, a toothbrush, and essential books) he had worn on Bloody Sunday in Selma. That day, he held an impromptu procession through the venue, holding a child’s hand in each of his as he walked and reminded the kids and the crowd how the civil rights movement ‘is often led by children and young people.’ John Lewis’s life, work, and his lifelong love of comic storytelling continue to spread messages of equality, justice, and fairness and inspire all of us. ‘You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone—any person or any force—dampen, dim or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant.’


The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.