Reactions of Harvardwood folks who attended the screening of this film at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School were gratifyingly wonderful, and a review in Counterpunch just called the film "powerful"! It had an LA premiere, a special screening for the NAACP National Board, is an Official Selection in five festivals and an award winner in one, and is being picked up by PBS stations. You can see the trailer and read more about it at isaacpopefilm.com, but here's a brief description:
One hundred years of American history told through the life of one extraordinary ordinary man: centenarian Isaac Pope. Spellbinding storyteller, grandson of enslaved people, son of sharecroppers, and unsung hero, the lifelong resident of Kinston, NC was eyewitness to the devastation wrought by both the Nightriders and the Nazis. Sustained by faith, family, music, and friendships, he fought and overcame the 20th century’s stiffest challenges, including the Battle of the Bulge, institutionalized racism, and workers’ oppression, modeling the way forward through his humble but powerful example.
And this is from the press kit: Toward the film’s end, Courtney Patterson, a Vice President of the North Carolina NAACP, says he knew Isaac Pope all his life, and Isaac's example and teaching are why Patterson does what he does today. He works on voter registration and against voter suppression and was instrumental in the recent election of African-American lawyer Anita Earls to the NC Supreme Court. In that role, she will be in a position to render fair decisions with regard to voter registration and suppression and gerrymandering. This reflects a direct, important line from Isaac Pope to changes today and in the future