Netflix’s Ben Crump Doc ‘Civil’ to Open American Black Film Festival

Civil Movie (Credit: Netflix)

The 2022 American Black Film Festival will kick off in June with a screening of Netflix documentary Civil, about civil rights attorney Ben Crump.

Produced by Kenya Barris, Roger Ross Williams and Lauren Cioffi; the doc is directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Nadia Hallgren (Becoming, After Maria, The Show).

“We are thrilled to open the festival with Civil, a timely documentary bringing light to issues of social justice and equity in America,” Nicole Friday, festival producer and president of ABFF Ventures LLC, said in a statement. “We’ve curated an entertaining and thought-provoking lineup of features, documentaries and web series and I am so excited to share our content with a live audience again.”

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Here’s the official description for the film: “An intimate vérité look following the life of maverick civil rights attorney Ben Crump as he challenges America to come to terms with what it owes his clients — including the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. ”

Civil: Ben Crump will be available to the public when it starts streaming on Juneteenth (June 19) on Netflix.

This year’s ABFF takes place with live events from June 15-19 in Miami, Florida. They’ll be followed by virtual panels and screenings June 20-30 on the festival’s custom-built online platform ABFF PLAY (

A list of the films included in this year’s ABFF can be found here.