Barbara Jordan fought for her place in history, and her allegiance to the American experiment steered her along the way. Through rich archive, personal recordings, and current-day interviews, The Inquisitor examines key moments in Jordan’s career, including her pivotal roles in the 1964 Reynolds v. Sims Supreme Court case, the 1973 Watergate commission hearings, the extension and revision of the Voting Rights Act in 1975, and the nomination hearings of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in 1987. This isn’t a straight-forward biography, but rather a meditation on her legacy that also draws connections to contemporary politics and culture.
The Inquisitor is supported through Angela Tucker’s 2023 Chicken & Egg Award.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Angela Tucker (she/her) is an Emmy® and Webby Award-winning filmmaker working in scripted and unscripted film and television, highlighting underrepresented communities in unconventional ways. Her recent work includes NYT Critic’s Pick Belly of the Beast (dir. Erika Cohn) and A New Orleans Noel, a Lifetime holiday film starring Patti LaBelle. Her documentaries in production are The Inquisitor, about political icon Barbara Jordan, and Steam (working title), about ancient and alternative health treatments spanning the globe.