Directed by Nancy Buirski
77 min | 2011 | USA | Not Rated
Oscar-shortlist selection The Loving Story is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia – the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage recently fictionalized in the film Loving.
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this definitive documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, relentlessly pursued their right to happiness. Their case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1967, it struck down laws against interracial marriage in this country once and for all. With luminous, newly discovered 16mm footage of the Lovings and their lawyers, first-person testimony and rare documentary photographs, this film takes us behind the scenes of the legal challenges and the emotional turmoil of the landmark case. The Loving Story recreates a seminal moment in history and reflects a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story.
The Loving Story is a journey into the heart of race relations in America. This landmark documentary, with its contemporary parallels, will live on as a record of monumental change, not just in civil rights, but in the human right to pursue happiness regardless of color, gender or creed.
Winner: 2013 George Foster Peabody Award