The Rev. Al Sharpton is the subject of this engrossing documentary, which explores the role of his larger-than-life, sometimes-divisive media persona in his decades of social justice activism. Employing a wealth of revealing archival footage, director Josh Alexander tracks Sharpton’s development from a precocious young preacher to a prominent civil rights leader who used his pulpit-honed oratorical skills to call out pervasive racist violence in New York and across the country. Over the years, Sharpton has proven himself to be adept at grabbing publicity, a skill that has won him admirers as well as plenty of detractors. In a wide-ranging interview, Sharpton reflects on his tumultuous relationship with the media, offering a penetrating critique of the biased narratives that have shaped public opinion. Placing due emphasis on Sharpton’s ongoing commitment to pursuing social change, LOUDMOUTH is a powerful portrait of a figure whose voice feels more vital than ever.
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