Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Interracial "Loving" on the Big Screen
Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Amidst the horrifying sound bites and statistics that (Republican) folks in Mississippi still believe that interracial marriage should be against the law, it's refreshing to hear that a film documenting the historic court case of the Lovings vs the Supreme Court of the United States will soon be seen on the big screen.
A new documentary, The Loving Story is about to premier at the Tribeca Film Festivalin New York City. From the Film Festival website:
" Through stunning archival footage of the Lovings, the film revisits this public battle through the eyes of a private couple who simply wanted to have the right to get married and live in the place they called home.
Director Nancy Buirski reacquaints us with this famous couple with the same grace and elegance of the soft-spoken but driven Mildred Loving herself, and subsequently breathes vibrant new life into history. Beyond the trials and legal battles, Buirski delicately anchors this inspiring film in an engaging human love story with a timely message of marriage equality, echoing the words of Mildred on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision: "I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."
The first showing in New York City is tomorrow, April 21. Anybody in the area, please go see it and tell us how it is. Hopefully the film will generate enough interest and be shown across the country. I know I'll do my part to bring it to Philly.
Do you want to see it? Tell me why?
p.s. I hope everyone caught the first episode of Black in Latin America last night. If not, tune in next Tuesday when they discuss Cuba.