‘CIVIL’ – documentary profiling civil rights lawyer Ben Crump – plays Tribeca Festival, airs on Netflix

By NABJ Black News & Views

It seems his name emerges in the fray of every killing of an unarmed Black person that families and communities insist call for more investigation and justice for their loved one. And now, Benjamin Crump is the focus of attention in a new project.

The life and work of the Florida-based civil rights lawyer is the subject of a new documentary titled “CIVIL.” The film is premiering at the Tribeca Festival, taking place now in New York City, and will be available on Netflix starting June 19.

The life and work of civil rights lawyer Ben Crump is the focus of the new documentary "CIVIL." Photo credit: Netflix
The life and work of civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump is the focus of the new documentary “CIVIL.” Photo credit: Netflix

Click here to view a trailer of “CIVIL.” If you’re in New York, you can purchase tickets to a screening at the Tribeca Festival here.

Crump over the last decade has represented the families of a parade of unarmed Black people killed by the police or civilians, including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more.

The director of “CIVIL” is Nadia Hallgren, who also directed the documentary “Becoming” about former First Lady Michelle Obama which was released on Netflix. That documentary was nominated for four Emmys including Best Director.

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