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An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 26 January 2013 (USA)
The amazing true story of one white Southern woman's courage to choose her convictions and join the Civil Rights Movement. By the time she was 19, Joan Trumpauer was shot at, attacked, and ... See full summary »


Loki Mulholland


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Credited cast:
Luvaughn Brown Luvaughn Brown ... Himself
Dion Diamond Dion Diamond ... Himself
Eric Etheridge Eric Etheridge ... Himself
Reginald Green Reginald Green ... Himself (as Rev. Reginald Green)
Ed King Ed King ... Himself (as Rev. Ed King)
Dorie Ladner Dorie Ladner ... Herself
Joyce Ladner Joyce Ladner ... Herself
Robert Luckett Robert Luckett ... Himself (as Dr. Robert Luckett)
Jerry Mitchell Jerry Mitchell ... Himself
Joan Mulholland Joan Mulholland ... Herself
John R. Salter Jr. John R. Salter Jr. ... Himself
Hank Thomas Hank Thomas ... Himself
Bennie Thompson Bennie Thompson ... Himself (as Congressman Bennie Thompson)


The amazing true story of one white Southern woman's courage to choose her convictions and join the Civil Rights Movement. By the time she was 19, Joan Trumpauer was shot at, attacked, and put on death row but that's just the beginning of her remarkable journey to help change the world. Heralded as an unsung hero but disowned by her family, Joan takes us on an incredible journey of her life in the Civil Rights Movement and the power of the human spirit to persevere against the world. Shot over the course of a year in six states, 'An Ordinary Hero' is the only complete story of Joan Trumpauer and includes interviews with scholars, authors, journalists and those who fought along side this courageous woman. Written by Anonymous

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What's easy and what's right are rarely the same thing.


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A very emotive and informative documentary
9 October 2013 | by bhstuySee all my reviews

I saw this documentary for the first time at Doc Utah last September. When I heard that a local film-maker had made a film about his mother's role in the Civil Rights movement, I figured it would be of limited production values, and be over-the-top in glorifying his mother.

I was completely wrong on both counts.

This film offers a very interesting and emotional recounting of Joan Mulholland's participation in the "freedom Rider's" movement, the lunch counter sit-ins, and other important and history-altering events in 1960s Mississippi. The film flows easily from one event to the next, with very coherent interviews with important participants in these events, offering a variety of perspectives. I walked out of that first showing amazed at how much I didn't know about these events, and with a deep appreciation to Loki Mulholland for capturing his mother and the other witnesses on film telling their stories.

The film is very suitable for pre-teens and older, who as a result of watching this documentary will feel that they too can change the world.

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