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FREEDOM RIDERS TRAILER- DIR. STANLEY NELSON

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Uploaded on Dec 22, 2009

Freedom Riders
2010, 2 hours

In 1961, during the first year of John F. Kennedy's presidency, more than four hundred Americans participated in a bold and dangerous experiment designed to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation. These self-proclaimed "Freedom Riders" challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act. Traveling together in small interracial groups, they sat where they pleased on buses and trains and demanded unrestricted access to terminal restaurants and waiting rooms, even in areas of the Deep South where such behavior was forbidden by law and custom. Their efforts were met with extreme violence and brought international attention to the fight against segregation, exploitation and racism known as the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Riders chronicles the story behind this courageous group of civil rights activists.

Freedom Riders was one of 16 films selected from 862 Submissions for the US Documentary Competition of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival! For screening times, go to:
http://sundance.bside.com/2010/films/...

The film is scheduled to air on the PBS series American Experience in 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders.

Director: Stanley Nelson
Producer: Laurens Grant

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