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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Groundbreaking Loving v. Virginia Case Gets a Dramatic Retelling

Did we ever talk about the hugely criminally HBO documentary, The Loving Story, which explored the groundbreaking 1958 case between an interracial couple and the state of Virginia that went all the way to the Supreme Court? It aired back in 2011 and was met with little to no media surrounding it (and apparently I never wrote about it, since I can't find a post in the archives), but I was FASCINATED by this story. Yes, we see interracial couples all the time now on TV, but this is the couple whose case rocked the entire U.S. nation at a time when interracial romances were outlawed. The Loving Story exposed not only disgusting institutionalized racism, but it also shared a truly unbreakable bond between Mildred Jeter, a black woman married to a white man, Richard Loving.

Flash forward five years later and the story, still as relevant as ever with the vitriol thrown at actress Tamera Mowry and the family seen in this Old Navy ad, resurfaces with LOVING, the dramatic retelling of the Loving v. Virginia case starring Ruth Negga as Mildred Jeter and Joel Edgerton as Richard Loving and directed by Jeff Nichols (who helmed the terrified Take Shelter). Judging by my social media feed, it's all the rage at the Cannes Film Festival. And I couldn't be happier to hear it. I'm literally chomping at the bit desperate to see it right this minute.

Focus Features debuted the official poster yesterday:

My body is so ready. LOVING is slated to be in theaters in November.


Anonymous said...

Will kind of need you to write about the documentary, remembering at the time of seeing it how moved I was, and how the team at HBO did well (S/O to Shelia Nevins always great eye) to purchase & give it a wider audience. It was done really well, and hopefully they will put it back on-Demand so we can watch it again (before Nov too!)

Having grown up in VA and being just two years old when this happened and remembering the interracial couple my mother knew which now looking back on must have been so radical an act, and how amazing they were, the story resonated particularly strongly with me, and provided much historical context for things we just didn't talk about at the time.

If you ever find where you wrote about, please let us know! You are so insightful about films/docs and you always make us see something we might have otherwise missed. Thanks, like you will be in that theater in November.

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