A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The...
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Lovings, an interracial couple, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, and, because of a confluence of social and political turmoil our reluctant heroes bring about change where previously no one else could. They are paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who are driven to pave the way for Civil Rights and social justice through an historic Supreme Court ruling, changing the country's story forever.Written by
Loving v. Virginia has been cited in every "same sex marriage" or "marriage equality" case brought on behalf of gay people wishing to receive marriage licenses from the states in which they live, or to overturn state "marriage is only between a man and a woman" laws in many states of the United States. On June 12, 2007, Mildred Loving made a statement on the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, in which, among other things, she said that she was proud that their names were "...on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about." See more »
(uncredited man on street in archive footage):
Some of my best friends are niggers, if I got in to trouble, I think th... the niggers would come to me as quick as anybody else in the world. I'll give you a little instance, I was standing down on the street with a gentleman from another city last Saturday, and I recon that fifteen or twenty negros passed, and I spoke to 'em "Good morning John, how you gettin' along?" "Very well thank you Mr. Wall, gettin' on fine." And that went on for fifteen or twenty uh negros in less than fifteen minutes...
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The love these two people had for one another was genuinely real, and watching them and their beautiful children in the archival footage tugged at your heartstrings. I watched this documentary when it was first shown on HBO, and thought it was engrossing. I was 20 yrs. old when this case was finally decided, and I remember it vaguely. I lived in the North and had known that interracial marriage was illegal in the South, but never realized that couples were actually persecuted and jailed as the Loving couple were. The young ACLU lawyers who took the case are shown interacting with the couple in the l960's, and they also add present day commentary.
This is not meant to be a documentary about the legal machinations of the case (altho some of that is explained); but It's a compelling story about the human aspects of the case.
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