In this short film, Alabama barber and civil rights veteran James Armstrong experienced the fulfillment of an unimaginable dream: the election of the first African American president. Armstrong, who went to jail and risked his life to fight for civil rights in the 1960’s, was one of many average citizens who became “foot soldiers” for the cause in the South. The directors wove historical events through Armstrong’s journey with humor and poignancy, telling the larger narrative of the civil rights movement through his life. The film’s visuals are beautifully composed. Audiences get a fresh perspective on the fight for civil rights through this intimate and genuine story.
Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday, directors; Gail Dolgin, Robin Fryday and Judith Helfand, producers; Chicken and Egg Pictures: executive producer; Jacob Steingroot and Kim Roberts, editors; POV: Simon Kilmurry, executive producer; Cynthia López, co-executive producer; Chris White, vice president of programming and production; Yance Ford, series producer; Andrew Catauro, coordinating producer.
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