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Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series | "Freedom Song"

Friday, March 23, 2018

6:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

For more than a century the landscapes and stories of Mississippi have inspired filmmakers. Beginning in Natchez in 1914, cinematic storytellers have used our backdrops to enhance and authenticate their vision. And the imagination of our own writers and the drama of our own history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight, and power.

On the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month, the Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series will celebrate cinema and Mississippi. Curated and introduced by longtime Mississippi film commissioner Ward Emling, the series will include panels and one-on-one filmmaker interviews to discuss the films in cinematic, cultural, and historical context.

Freedom Song is the only film in our series that wasn’t filmed in Mississippi. Based on true events that took place in McComb, Liberty, and other Mississippi locations in the early 1960s, it details the fight for voting rights and civil rights by the African-American workers, both young and old, who were at the center of their own, and Mississippi’s, struggle. The film, co-written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, is a response to Mississippi Burning and the direct result of efforts by the young civil rights workers to tell their story.

The March 23 panel will include former Mississippi film commissioner John Horhn and Ward Emling, who was the head of the Mississippi Film Office when Freedom Song was in development.

This event is free and open to the public. Films shown subject to change due to panelist availability.