Documentary captures life, legacy of Savannah community activist, the Rev. Bennie Mitchell Jr.

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It’s easy to look back over your lifetime and wish you had evidence of some of the big moments. But for filmmaker and artist Bennie Mitchell III, that’s not a problem.

He says a simple gift to his late father, the Rev. Bennie Mitchell Jr., would later provide a treasured video history of some of the most significant moments of his father’s life as a renowned Savannah activist and preacher.

“My mom gave my father a video camera in 1989,” Bennie Mitchell says. “I let that camera sit untouched for three days … and then it became my camera.”

He began using the camera at age 12 to capture significant moments in his father’s career and civil rights advocacy.

“I built up a nice catalog, even when I was in college. My father was always a film project.”

See more at Savannah Now.

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