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The Loving Story

The Loving Story

Streaming Video - 2011
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A racially charged criminal trial and a heartrending love story converge in this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era.
Publisher: [United States] : New Video / Cinedigm : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 77 min.)) : sd., col


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May 01, 2018

“Tell the court I love my wife.” – Richard Loving

In 1958, interracial marriage was illegal in 24 states across the U.S., including Virginia, the home of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, who grew up neighbors in the close-knit community of Caroline County. When the couple wanted to marry, they had to travel to Washington D.C., but always planned on returning to Virginia with the intent of settling down near friends and family. The newlyweds were only back home for a matter of weeks before the local sheriff broke down their door and burst into their bedroom at 4am, arresting them on felony charges of “miscegenation” and ultimately banishing them from their home state. The legal battle that followed has gone down in history as a groundbreaking win for the Civil Rights movement and for marriage equality. On June 12, 1967 the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling read: “Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the state.”Loving vs. Virginia repealed anti-miscegenation laws in 16 states.

Using archival footage and photographs, Nancy Buirski’s documentary transports viewers into the political and racial climate of the Southern states in the 1960s and features interviews with family members, historians, local law enforcement and the attorneys directly involved in the landmark case.

Dec 17, 2017

A documentary with lots of black & white images. Touching, sensitive, an exploration into interacial marriage in the 1950's in the southern USA.

Apr 25, 2017

Excellent movie . Will bring tears . It's called love

Jan 17, 2017

A touching documentary based on the same story as the recently released movie "Loving". Uses home movies and pictures and archival footage of the couple and their family; and their attorneys - as young ACLU lawyers and then as retired attorneys, reflecting back on this landmark case that they argued before the Supreme Court. The story is so well told in this documentary that I have no plans to see the movie.

Nov 23, 2016

This is more of a stylish overview of the Loving case than anything else, so don't expect much in the way of in-depth examination or revelation. It is worth watching, just from an historical perspective. I would've appreciated more conversations with the daughter in the family but maybe she didn't want to/have a lot to contribute. There were other siblings in the family (2 sons) but no references to them that I can recall. The video footage and the photos that were utilized by the filmmakers were a welcome addition to the narrative, as was their unobtrusive approach to interviewing the main players. I suppose I should look elsewhere for deeper content but it might serve as a useful companion to the feature film now in release.

Mar 22, 2016

This is a 2011 documentary about the landmark civil rights case of 1967---"Loving v. Virginia."
The decision of the United States Supreme Court invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
The case was brought by Mildred Loving, a woman of part Negro and part American Indian, and Richard Loving, a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other.
Their marriage violated the state's anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited marriage between people classified as "white" and people classified as "colored".
Although it is a time capsule of the racist past, the race-based legal restrictions on marriage in Alabama was abandoned in the recent year---2000.

Dec 29, 2015

This is a beautiful documentary on the power of love.

Nov 27, 2015

This gripping documentary, comprised entirely of archival footage, home movies, and contemporary interviews, not only exposes the ludicrous attempts at justifying a law which was basically a throwback from the days of slavery, it also paints a simple picture of an ordinary couple facing extraordinary circumstances with dignity and perseverance: Mildred’s calm and articulate manner complimenting Richard’s quiet strength. So persuasive was the ACLU’s winning arguments that several years later the SCOTUS decision on “Loving vs. Virginia” was cited repeatedly in the fight for same-sex marriage recognition, a struggle which Mildred (who died in 2008) supported wholeheartedly. In her own words, “I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.” Beautifully done.

Jan 02, 2014

I watched this documentary on PBS, liked it very much and later borrowed it for my husband to watch. Unfortunately, the closed captions promised on the box and in the catalogue were not there. My husband is hard-of-hearing, so he was not able to watch this DVD.

Aug 03, 2013

Educational, but most of all, moving. These good people just wanted to be married and raise their children in their home state. Hard to believe this happened in relatively modern times.


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