Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power (2022)

Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power (2022)

An intelligent and surprisingly upbeat documentary about civil rights and collective action

7.6

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary, History
2022
FEMALE DIRECTOR, GEETA GANDBHIR
90 min

What it's about

Through first person accounts and searing archival footage, this documentary tells the story of the local movement and young Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) organizers who fought not just for voting rights, but for Black Power in Lowndes County, Alabama.

The take

By retelling a vital chapter of the civil rights movement from the perspective of an entire community—and not just through individual prominent figures—Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power emphasizes the need for collective action, and what it really means to fight for equal rights. And through highly articulate interviewees who've all maintained a clear, analytical understanding of the different philosophies driving the movement forward, the documentary also becomes uncommonly optimistic, energetic, and good-humored about this continuing fight. This is history not as an artifact but as a living thing, still present in the everyday and still great fun to learn about.

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