The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks review – an essential viewing

October 20, 2022
Ricky Valero 0
Film Reviews, Peacock, Streaming Service


The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is a story that everyone needs to hear and understand. A powerful and moving documentary.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is a story that everyone needs to hear and understand. A powerful and moving documentary.

Peacock documentary film The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks was released on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 — here is our official review.

Rosa Parks is one of the most revolutionary people that has ever walked. We hear untold stories of the historical figure in The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Is the documentary worth checking out? Let’s dive in.

The documentary feels long overdue. Although, I believe it is a perfect time to remind everyone about the struggles that individuals like Mrs. Parks faced and how it wasn’t long ago that they faced these battles. Unfortunately, we have a flux of a current generation that might not know who Mrs. Parks was outside of just her boycotting on the bus.

We have a long list of people from family members, celebrities, activists, and museum employees who talk about her throughout the documentary. However, co-directors Johanna Hamilton and Yoruba Richen didn’t let them take away from the principal, Rosa Parks. They used so much found footage that it was incredible to see that era in the way we saw it. So you have an archive of footage that was able to tell the real story with a sprinkling of others around her being able to enrich the journey.

One of the other things I really liked that Hamilton and Richen did was tell this story in more of the chronological order of Mrs. Parks’s life rather than bouncing all over the place. There are few moments in which it does that, but it mostly follows suit from the time it transpired. I loved that they did this because I hate when they bounce all over, and you get confused about where we are in the story.

Another fascinating thing to hear was the stories about how Mrs. Parks was someone that spoke up her entire life, even down to when she was a child. You heard stories from family members, including her great nephew Lonnie, that back these stories up. I’ll never get over that she didn’t move to the back of the bus because her feet were tired. Of course, we didn’t find this out until years later, but this makes you love Mrs. Parks even more.

Speaking of the bus, it was only 67 years ago when this happened, and I think people get short-sighted about stuff like this. We make it seem like these things happened hundreds of years ago. The stuff that went on that day and for years to come has affected generations and still continues to this day. People still try to climb a broken system to hold them back but get stuck in patterns designed not to let them up.

Overall, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks is one of the documentaries that should be shown in schools for years to come. We can never forget what Mrs. Parks did, what she stood for, and what her actions did to change things for years to come. I highly recommend checking this one out.

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