Today, both Rubin Carter and Lesra Martin are amazed by the course their lives have taken.
Carter says, "To think that my life is of such a nature that it could be made into a film, that's mindboggling to me. In the 62 years that I have been on this planet, this has been the best thing that has ever happened to me."
Despite the events that brought him to this point, Carter insists that he wouldn't change a second of it.
"What I see in this film, this portrayal of me, I like very much," Carter says. "So if I change one thing, then something else would have changed, and it wouldn't be what it is today. So I'm thankful for that."
Now a lawyer practicing in British Columbia, Lesra Martin believes that The Hurricane is a story that needs to be told and heard.
"There are so many aspects and dynamics to it that I think it will be inspirational on many levels for a larger audience," Martin says. "I think that the film has the qualities to be that."
For Jewison, The Hurricane is a rich and remarkable story with a lot to say. He says, "It's about the times, and about commitment. The relationship between Rubin and Lesra is a very affirming and inspiring story."
"The film is about healing, transcendence and an opportunity to express the best of ourselves. This is a story that stirs the emotions. Hopefully, this film will prove to be a cathartic experience for everyone," concludes Langlais.
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