ROCKLAND— “Truth Tellers,” a new documentary film by Richard Kane about the lives of courageous Americans fighting for racial justice, climate change and indigenous rights, will be presented by the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Sunday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m.

The film is told through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a longtime activist and artist, who has painted 255 portraits of American citizens, past and present, with the moral courage to confront issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. The film explores the intersection of these timely issues stressing the urgency of coming together to confront them and galvanizing our resolve to uphold our country’s founding ideals.

Activist Bayard Rustin. Photo courtesy of Richard Kane

Shetterly creates the portraits with their subjects’ words inscribed into the dark background of the painting. These portraits, entitled “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” have been exhibited throughout the United States for almost two decades. “Truth Tellers” is both a story of Shetterly’s art and activism and a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of a democracy. In bringing Shetterly’s message to a wide audience, “Truth Tellers” endeavors to spark a national conversation on truth telling.

Among the truth tellers in the film are Bayard Rustin, Bill McKibben, Kelsey Juliana, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Sherri Mitchell, Maulian Dana, Bill Bigelow, Zyahna Bryant, Bree Newsome Bass, Fannie Lou Hammer, John Lewis, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Reggie Harris.

Activist Bree Newsome Bass. Photo courtesy of Richard Kane

“Truth Tellers” director, producer and cinematographer is Richard Kane, an independent director whose work is focused on the intersection of art and contemporary American life. Previous film releases include: “J. Fred Woell: An American Vision;” “I Know a Man … Ashley Bryan;” “Imber’s Left Hand” and 15 others, all part of the Maine Masters collection, a New England Emmy-nominated series of portraits that airs on public television.

Tickets are $8/General Admission, $7/Strand Members. Face masks are required, and audience capacity will be limited to 100 seats. For more information, visit, email or call (207) 594-0070.

Robert Shetterly and Zyahna Bryant. Photo courtesy of Richard Kane