The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

The Nine Lives of Marion Barry was featured on NPR yesterday morning, and I have to tell you, it really got my attention.

NPR describes the segment this way:

The District’s former mayor and current council member Marion Barry is a D.C. institution. He was a hugely popular mayor in Washington, who was then caught in a federal sting smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room with a girlfriend. But after being released from prison, he was re-elected mayor with almost 60 percent of the vote. Local filmakers Dana Flor “Floor” and Toby Oppenheimer spoke to Kavitha Cardoza about their documentary “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.”

What impressed me in the interview was just how even handed and unbiased the filmakers attempted to be, and I certainly want to see the film now so that I can get a broader sense of the essence that is Marion Barry.

If this sounds like something you want to see, there will be a SILVERDOCS showing this Saturday, June 20 at the AFI Silver Theatre (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. If you can’t make it, HBO will premiere it on August 10th at 9 p.m.

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