Loving Story, The Central Park Five To Screen

April 1, 2013

A documentary film that was short-listed for the Best Documentary Academy Award, and another that was considered the best documentary of 2012 by the New York Film Critics Circle, will screen at the Weekend Film Series on Sunday April 7. “The Loving Story” will screen at 3 p.m., while “The Central Park Five” will screen at 5.15 p.m.

“The Loving Story”, a sellout at March’s edition of Bermuda Docs, was short-listed for the Oscar. It tells the story of Mildred Jeter, who was part-black and part-Native American, and Richard Loving, who was white. When their marriage was declared illegal by the courts in their home state of Virginia in 1958, they fought back – and, in the landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, America’s laws against inter-racial marriage were finally struck down.

“The Loving Story” trailer:

Telling the story in their own words, the history-making couple make a powerful statement about the quiet, enduring power of love in this engaging and riveting documentary that is a journey into the heart of race relations in the United States.

“The Central Park Five” won the New York film critics’ annual award, an audience choice prize at the Chicago International Film Festival – and the 2012 Freedom of Expression Award from the US National Board of Review.

The film tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. Convicted, the five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear.

“The Central Park Five” trailer:

Set against a backdrop of a city beset by violence and racial tension, “The Central Park Five” finally gives this story of injustice the attention it deserves, telling the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

The “Weekend Film Series”, sponsored by Gosling’s, is a joint production of Bermuda Documentary Film Festival director Duncan Hall and the BUEI. Tickets are on sale now at the Oceans Gift Shop at the BUEI, or by calling 297-7314.

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