Directed by Sandy Jaffe • Documentary • 2016 • 65 minutes
OUR MOCKINGBIRD is a documentary that uses Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" as a lens to view race, class, gender and justice, then and now. Woven through the film is the story of two extraordinarily different high schools in Birmingham, Alabama—one black, one white—who collaborate on a remarkable production of the adapted play, "To Kill a Mockingbird."
In addition to this unique collaboration, we hear the voices of political leaders (Congressman John Lewis, former Attorney General Eric Holder), journalists (Katie Couric, Rick Bragg), actors (Mary Badham 'Scout', Phillip Alford 'Jem' in the 1962 movie), writers (Diane McWhorter, Rick Bragg), scholars (Charles Ogletree, Wayne Flynt, Cynthia E. Jones, Marshall Ganz), lawyers (Doug Jones, Reginald Lindsay, Richard Jaffe) and activists (Bryan Stephenson, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Morris Dees) mingle with those of students and teachers.
Together these diverse voices reveal that as a country we have made progress but are still struggling with the issues of race, class and justice addressed in the novel.