A lens to view race, class, gender and justice
-- then and now

OUR MOCKINGBIRD is a feature-length 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 OUR MOCKINGBIRD is the story of two extraordinarily different high schools in Birmingham, Alabama who collaborate on a remarkable production of the adapted play, To Kill a Mockingbird.

                                Wayne Flynt with cast members from the high school collaboration.


                              Wayne Flynt with cast members from the high school collaboration.

In addition to this unique collaboration, interviews include:

  • Nancy Anderson, scholar, Auburn University, Montgomery
  • Mary Badham and Phillip Alford, the actors who played Scout and Jem in the Universal motion picture
  • Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
  • Katie Couric, broadcast journalist
  • Morris Dees, SPLC
  • Wayne Flynt, scholar and author
  • Professor Marshall Ganz
  • Eric Holder, former Attorney General of the United States
  • Richard Jaffe, attorney and author
  • Cynthia E. Jones, lawyer and Professor, Washington Law School, American U.
  • Doug Jones, former U.S. Attorney and prosecutor of 16th St. Baptist Church bomber
  • John Lewis, U.S. Congressman
  • Honorable Reginald Lindsay, former U.S. District Court Judge (deceased)
  • Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, former President of the SCLC
  • Carolyn Maull McKinstry, author, church bombing survivor 
  • Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
  • Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School professor and founder of Charles Hamilton Institute for Race and Justice
  • Bryan Stevenson, founder and E.D. Equal Justice Initiative
  • Civil rights foot soldiers, leaders in criminal justice, teachers, students, and scholars

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.