The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Johanna Hamilton, Yoruba Richen, USA 2022, 101’
international premiere
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A documentary portrait of Rosa Parks, an African-American rights activist who opposed, among other things, the policy of racial segregation and was referred to as the 'mother of the civil rights movement.' The film is an adaptation of the best-selling biography by Jeanne Theoharis.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is not just another rehash of Rosa Parks' famous bus boycott. The film aims to give us a deeper look at one of the most active and impactful civil rights activists of the 20th century. The new film will cover the full breadth of her accomplishments, in part to give a more full picture of Parks beyond what we learn in school. Instead of focusing on one single accomplishment, the film will fully explore the scope of her decades-long career and the complexities of her character.

'The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks' Trailer Goes Beyond the Montgomery Bus Boycott (

Magdalena Bartczak

Johanna Hamilton

Documentary film producer and director Johanna Hamilton produced the films Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2018) about women in Liberia, which won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Jackson (2106) on tightening of abortion restrictions in the United States; the latter film was showered with awards, including an Emmy. She made her directorial debut in 2014 with 1971 about an investigation into a controversial FBI counterintelligence program. Hamilton subsequently co-directed the documentary series Parched and Wrong Man, among others.

Selected filmography

2015 1971

2018 Discreet Airlift (short)

2018 The Trial (short)

2022 Buntowniczka Rosa Parks / The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (co-dir.)

Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen is a director, producer and journalist. She debuted with the 2009 documentary Promised Land about South African apartheid. In the following years, she made the award-winning The New Black, about the gay rights struggle among African Americans, and the famous The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, about the birth of the African-American middle class. She has also worked as a director on several documentary series, including Black and Missing and Frontline.

Selected filmography

2009  Promised Land

2013  The New Black

2016  Reconception (short)

2018  Crooked Lines (short)

2019 The Green Book: Guide to Freedom

2020 The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show

2022 Buntowniczka Rosa Parks / The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (co-dir.)

Cast & Crew

director Johanna Hamilton, Yoruba Richen
screenplay Jeanne Theoharis (based in biographical novel)
cinematography Asad Faruqui, Keith Walker
editing Elia Gasull Balada, Navin Harrilal
music Kathryn Bostic
producer Christalyn Hampton, Soledad O'Brien, Jo Honig, Patrick Conway, Johanna Hamilton
production Peacock Productions, SO'B Productions
sales Teddy Altifois
language English
coloration colour & b&w
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