THE LOVING STORY
2011 Festival Premiere, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Co-produced by HBO Documentary Films
The most romantic and moving documentary of the year.
- Bust Magazine
THE LOVING STORY is a perfect time capsule that illuminates the racist past of our country with a uniquely personal and poignant emphasis.
- The Hollywood Reporter
AWARDS and RECOGNITION
2011 Winner WGA Screenplay Award AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival
2013 Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Documentary; Outstanding Historical Programming; Outstanding Editing
2013 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Historical Programming
George Foster Peabody Award Winner
American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award Recipient
Gabriel Award Winner
Their story is a powerful statement about freedom.
- The Washington Post
Using evocative photographs, newly unearthed footage and interviews with the Lovings' daughter and lawyers, the film reveals the power of love to overcome bigotry.
- The Huffington Post
The Loving Story, a documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving to examine the drama, the history, and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States. The documentary was filmed in HD video and 16mm film.
WHY TELL THIS STORY?
Though often overlooked among the pantheon of civil rights stories, Mildred and Richard Loving’s quest to live together as husband and wife in the state of Virginia was a pivotal struggle. A white man and a part black, part Cherokee woman were in love and did not understand why their marriage was a criminal offense in the eyes of state. Their effort to make this right – to not live in shame or in exile – is a universal one and reminds us of oppressed and exiled people everywhere. The Lovings were banished from their home for their commitment to each other, and they fought long and hard to return to it, to love each other within the bosom of their family.
It was Mildred Loving who took up their cause, who summoned the will and the courage to fight a hostile system that maintained bans against interracial marriage. She did not set out to be a hero or to change the world. But her need to find a way to live with her husband in their home state of Virginia came at the time of momentous civil rights change. So their quest was made not just for themselves, but for a multitude of others – Mildred’s story became not just her story, but the story of many.
The film investigates the life and legend of Mildred and her husband Richard, little-known heroes of the Civil Rights Era. Though taught in law schools and undergraduate civil rights courses, their story has not had a full documentary treatment, nor has the subject that generated their story – miscegenation in America. Anti-miscegenation has been sensationalized fictionally, starting with the landmark film The Birth of a Nation, but it has never been explored substantively in non-fiction film. This is a surprising omission given miscegenation’s intricate ties to racism.