Robert Houston's 2004 Academy Award-winning documentary short Mighty Times: The Children's March and Paola di Florio's documentary feature Home of the Brave will be screened as part of the 2006 “Contemporary Documentary” series presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy Foundation, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. (Image: Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston's documentary Mighty Times: The Children's March.)
The Mighty Times: The Children's March and Home of the Brave screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Mighty Times: The Children's March
Set in 1963, the 40-minute Mighty Times: The Children's March focuses on the organized acts of civil disobedience effected by five thousand black children in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite fierce reprisals from what's called “law enforcement,” they eventually helped to bring down the white racist establishment local police and politicians were all too eager to protect and to serve. Mighty Times: The Children's March was executive-produced by Robert Hudson, who also produced and directed the 2002 documentary Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks.
Home of the Brave documentary feature (image: Civil Rights Movement activist and Ku Klux Klan murder victim Viola Liuzzo)
Directed by di Florio and produced by Nancy Dickenson, Home of the Brave explores the murder of Viola Liuzzo, reportedly the only white woman murdered because of her participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Liuzzo was killed at the hands of Ku Klux Klan members (including one with ties to the FBI) following the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama.
The death of that one white woman was largely credited as having given U.S. president Lyndon Johnson the necessary political leverage to have Congress pass the Voting Rights Act.
Mighty Times: The Children's March photo: HBO.