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Directed by Stanley Nelson • 2014 • United States
In the hot and deadly summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were fixed on Mississippi. Over ten pivotal weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than seven hundred student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi, the nation’s most segregated state. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker and MacArthur fellow Stanley Nelson, FREEDOM SUMMER highlights an overlooked but essential element of the civil rights movement: the patient and long-term efforts by both outside activists and local citizens to organize communities and register Black voters—even in the face of intimidation, physical violence, and death.