‘Out to Vote’: New documentary shows story of redemption, democracy in Baltimore | Guest Commentary

By The Baltimore Sun, | April 1, 2022

Former Emerging Leader Fellow Samuel George authored a guest commentary for the Baltimore Sun on his new documentary: Out to Vote.

I am 37 years old. Bobby Perkins spent 37 years in prison. The math was not lost on me as I got to know Mr. Perkins over the weeks I spent with him in Baltimore.

In October of 2020, I went to Maryland with the goal of making a documentary about how the state was experiencing the 2020 presidential election. The project was part of my film work with the Bertelsmann Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. The idea was to compare the urban and rural experience in a (quasi) swing state. But I met Bobby on the first day of filming, and the project took an unexpected turn.

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