CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - It was a sold out show on Sunday night at the Virginia Film Festival for a film honoring a pivotal figure in the fight against racial oppression and division in Charlottesville.

The hour-long documentary tells the story of Drewary Brown, focusing on various issues that he and other civil rights leaders of the community fought for during their lifetimes.

Community members remember Brown for his efforts to break down walls and build relationships across different communities.

“How do we encourage people and empower people to step up and get involved to help challenge the community to improve life for all of our residents,” said former mayor of Charlottesville Dave Norris.

After the documentary, audience members had the opportunity to discuss the film with its director and producer, as well as key figures in the Charlottesville community.