For the entire month of February Cox Communications has celebrated Black History Month ON Demand with several films, documentaries, and shorts celebrating the culture and contributions of African Americans to educate and inspire viewers.
Late in the month I curled up on the couch and settled in to watch The Loving Story a HBO movie documenting the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court case Loving VS. Virginia to declare their marriage legal that changed history.
The Loving Story, a documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving to examine the drama, the history, and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States. The documentary was filmed in High Definition video and 16mm film. It is intended for a wide audience through theatrical release, festival screenings, community screenings, national television broadcast, web-based broadcast, and DVD and educational distribution. The film has enjoyed sold-out screenings at festivals and special events since its World Premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2011. It will premiere on HBO on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2012 at 9pm.
The Loving Story is an Augusta Films Production. It was directed by Nancy Buirski, produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James, and edited by James. The documentary is fiscally sponsored by Living Archives, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, created by legendary documentarian DA Pennebaker, and by the Southern Documentary Fund.
You can view the official HBO Docs trailer here.
The Loving Story is co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast on HBO in February, 2012. The film has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom.
This movie may have been about human rights, but to me, it was almost as if Richard Loving was born to fight this case. His name said it all. He LOVED his wife. Nothing more, nothing less. He just wanted to be married to the women he fell in love with and live where in the place they loved.
I love the interview in the beginning of the movie when they talked to Richard Lovings mother and asked her opinion of this case. She basically said she loved her son, she liked the girl and didn’t see any issue.
As a mother you see to the most basic levels when it comes to your children. You want them to be happy, healthy, and make good/strong choices. She just wanted her son to be with whom he wanted to be.
“Just tell the court I love my wife.” – Richard Loving
The calm and simple matter in the way the Lovings fought there case was admirable. I would hope to raise my children to listen to their hearts and fight for what they believe in.
Disclosure: I wrote this post while participating in a blog campaign conducted by Everywhere Society on behalf of Cox Communications. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program. All my thoughts and opinions are my own.