IFFBoston 2022

Truth Tellers


TRUTH TELLERS is a film about American Courage. Artist and activist Robert Shetterly has painted over 250 portraits of great Americans and etched inspiring quotes into the backgrounds of each. From the fight to remove symbols of hate to sustainability and climate activism, and from whistleblowing to the rights of indigenous people, Shetterly uses his art to explore these activists’ response to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

From contemporary activists for racial justice Zyahna Bryant, Maulian Dana, and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, to climate activists Bill McKibben, Kelsey Juliana, and Bill Bigelow, Shetterly puts them in the context of great civil rights leaders John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Bayard Rustin.

TRUTH TELLERS is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson of what is required of a citizen in a democracy.