In commemoration of Black History Month, the Wilton Library is screening The Loving Story as part of its New Perspectives Film Series. Set during the Civil Rights Era, this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving juxtaposes a love story and a racially charged criminal trial. (A feature film of this story is currently running in theaters.)
This Oscar-shortlisted documentary is the definitive account of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage: Loving v. Virginia. 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. Hope Ryden’s luminous, newly discovered home movie footage of the Lovings and their feisty young lawyers and rare photography by Grey Villet are stitched together in the debut feature by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski in a film that takes viewers behind the scenes of a pair of unlikely civil rights pioneers and their real-life love story.
The New Perspectives Documentary series is programmed and moderated by filmmaker Megan Smith-Harris. Former television executive and documentary producer Bill Harris will lead the Q&A following the screening.
The screening is being held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.. There is no cost to attend but there is a suggested donation of $5. Refreshments will be served.
Registration is highly recommended and can be done online via the Wilton Library website or by phone at 203.762.6334.
Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..