Films

Multi-Part series

The Bending the Arc Project explores the long struggle against racism in Alabama, featuring the stories of both African Americans and a small group of little-known white allies who fought for racial justice during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Complexity

The stories illustrate the complexity of the cultural, political, religious, and economic factors that influenced the civil rights struggle—and the moral commitment that 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.”

Multiple-Part Series

The Bending the Arc Project explores the long struggle against racism in Alabama, featuring the stories of both African Americans and a small group of little-known white allies who fought for racial justice during the Civil Rights Movement. 

The Complexity

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

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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.

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remaining films

coming soon

film one

the original sin

A film about the foundations of racism in Alabama, from the slave trade and the proliferation of slavery through the Civil War; Reconstruction; the violent backlash against emancipation; and the re-enslavement of African Americans through the convict leasing system.

Coming 2022

film two

the magic city

A film about Birmingham’s industrial origins, the corporate “Big Mules” who controlled the city for decades, the segregation of Black and white workers, and the evolution of organized labor and unions through the 1940s and 1950s.

Coming 2023

film three

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.

Coming 2023

film four

the realities of racism

A film about the brutal realities of racism in Alabama during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s—memories and reflections of people, Black and white, who lived through that time.

Release Date TBA

film five

resistance

A film about the fight for racial justice in Birmingham during the 1960s—the mass meetings, the downtown boycotts, the Children’s Crusade, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, with special focus on Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and other Birmingham leaders and facilitators.

Release Date TBA

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The Vote

This film has already been released. Use the link below to view more information about the film, watch the trailer for the film, or watch the film.

October 2020

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