Filming the Struggle: Using the Documentary as Liberation Text (Part of Moving Toward Liberation: Freedom Riders 1961-2011)
Presenter Judy Richardson brings a unique perspective to her workshop: she was a staff member of the student civil rights organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), working in the Deep South for three years in the early 1960s; she was the first full-time staffer for the initial version of what was to become Eyes on the Prize; she was a member of the production team for all 14 hours of that seminal PBS, Academy Award-nominated series; and she participated in many of the social change events portrayed in Eyes.
In the workshop, Ms. Richardson explores the history and values of the modern Civil Rights Movement through clips from Eyes on the Prize, as well as other Movement-related films. Emphasis will be placed on the courage and intelligence of the local people who organized and sustained the Movement, as well as on the ways in which the events and values of that Movement are relevant to the difficult challenges students face today. A discussion of the making of EYES – and relevant lessons/stories from the Movement – will be woven throughout.