Films

Four Parts

The four-part mini-series and additional features explore race as seen through the eyes of children, the brutal effects of segregation, resistance to racial injustice, allies of the 1960s Movement, voting rights, today’s continuing challenges, and pathways to empathy and hope.

Complexity

The stories illustrate the complexity of the cultural, racial, and religious factors that influenced the civil rights struggle. Ethical values and commitment empowered those who stood up for justice to work together to create positive change.

The culture of segregation, the hateful rhetoric and acts of violence earned the city the name of “Bombingham.”

Four Parts

The four-part mini-series and additional features explore race as seen through the eyes of children, the brutal effects of segregation, resistance to racial injustice, allies of the 1960s Movement, voting rights, today’s continuing challenges, and pathways to empathy and hope.

The Complexity

The stories illustrate the complexity of the cultural, racial, and religious factors that influenced the civil rights struggle. Ethical values and commitment empowered those who stood up for justice to work together to create positive change.

chapter four

The Vote

A film about the hard-fought battle to expand voting rights to all people in Alabama in the 1960s—sacrifices made, lives lost, and the need to continue the fight. The film is a call to action to all people to exercise their right to vote.

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remaining chapters

coming soon

chapter one

roots of racism

A film about the foundations of racism in Alabama, from the slave trade and the proliferation of slavery through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the convict-lease system, the Alabama Constitution of 1901, and the Jim Crow laws that codified segregation until Brown v. Board in 1954. The film also explores Birmingham’s industrial origins, the corporate “Big Mules” who controlled the city for decades, and the evolution of organized labor and unions through the 1940s and 1950s.

Coming 2021

chapter two

growing up separate

A film about growing up in Alabama during segregation—stories of race as seen through the eyes of children, black and white, who lived in Alabama during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The film also chronicles the harsh effects of racism in Alabama during that period—memories and reflections of people, black and white, who lived through that brutal time. 

Coming 2022

chapter three

resistance

A film about the 1960s Birmingham Movement—the mass meetings, the downtown boycotts, the Children’s Crusade, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. The film pays special tribute to Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and other Birmingham leaders and facilitators.

Coming 2023

additional feature

the allies

A film about the white allies of the 1960s Birmingham Movement—the Unitarians, the Jewish community, students, lawyers, businessmen, and others who were able to see beyond their own groups and fight for the rights of all people.

Release Date TBA

additional feature

continuing challenges

A film about the many forms of racism, both subtle and overt, that continue today—including economic injustice and income inequality, segregation in education and housing, challenges in law enforcement and the judicial system, obstacles to voting rights, and the persistence of white privilege and implicit bias.

Release Date TBA

additional feature

pathways forward

A film about strategies for cultivating empathy and dissolving fear of “the other”—how racism develops and how it can be overcome through exposure to other races and cultures. This film explores how some people are able to reach across racial and other boundaries and ally themselves with people unlike themselves (connecting with and fighting for the rights of people who are not their own “kind”), as well as ideas/strategies for training people to become more empathetic—e.g., classes at all levels, workshops in listening, insights through the arts (books, film, music) and science (e.g., seeing our genetic similarities and even using virtual reality to walk in each other’s shoes). The film also spotlights new programs and technologies designed to enhance understanding that we are really all one race.

Release date TBA