Lesra was poor, illiterate and struggling on the violent streets of Brooklyn when a chance encounter with a group of Canadians shattered the confines of his life. Pulled from the chaos of the inner city and given a fresh start in Canada, Lesra became a hero when he helped to bring justice to wrongfully imprisoned American boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Finding the courage to change his own life, today Lesra is a lawyer and motivational speaker on the world stage.
Written and directed by Cheryl Foggo, The Journey of Lesra Martin brings together intimate interviews with Lesra, his family and friends. From his home in British Columbia to a poignant return to the streets of his childhood, Lesra reflects with humour and grace on the events that altered his life. He also grieves for family still consumed by the unforgiving ghetto, while inspiring viewers to find their own strength in adversity.
Excerpts from an interview with Lesra Martin...
work now as a lawyer and motivational speaker. What message would
you like to transmit through this film?
How did it
feel the first time you saw the finished film? To see your own life
portrayed in such a public way?
To purchase a personally-autographed by Lesra, copy of the National Film Board's Documentary: The Journey of Lesra Martin please visit this page or send a request in writing to:
Lesra Martin will be attending the
Hollywood Black Film Festival
National Film Board of Canada's
The Journey of Lesra Martin
Sunday ~ June 8, 2003