The Loving Story

Director: Nancy Buirski
Total Running Time: 77 minutes
Release Date: 2011

The Loving Story tells the story of the drama, history, and current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States, through the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving. Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal—he was white, and she was black and Native American. At the time, anti-miscegenation laws were upheld in 16 states. The Lovings refused to leave one another and, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, took their case to the courts. Hope Ryden’s luminous, newly discovered 16mm footage of the Lovings and their young ACLU lawyers, Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop, as well as first-person testimony by their daughter Peggy Loving and rare documentary photographs by LIFE Magazine photographer Grey Villet, recounts the little-known story of the Loving family. Their case made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court, whose decision—under Chief Justice Earl Warren—finally struck down state laws against interracial marriage throughout the country. The Loving Story takes us behind the scenes of the legal challenges and the emotional turmoil that they entailed, documenting a seminal moment in American history and reflecting a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story.

2011 Tribeca Film Festival – Official Selection
2011 Full Frame Doc Film Festival – Centerpiece Film
2011 Silverdocs – WGA Screenplay Award
2011 Hamptons International Film Festival – Official Selection
2011 Traverse City Film Festival – Official Selection
2011 Heartland Film Festival – Official Selection
2011 St. Louis International Film Festival – Official Selection
2011 Virginia Film Festival – Official Selection
2012 Nationally Broadcast – HBO Black History Month

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