Movies: Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders

Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders
Monday, May 20 th @ 7:00 PM

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Trailer: Official Website
A Film by: Joan Sadoff, Dr. Robert Sadoff and Laura Lipson
Year: 2002 Country: USA Genre: Feature Documentary
Time: 60 Minutes Language: English Format: Color & B/W
Winner: Best Documentary, Pan African Film Festival
Official Selection: Pan-African Film & Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)

  “A powerful and moving film about ordinary women armed with sheer determination…” Jennifer Moffet, Jackson Free Press

Synopsis (Courtesy of Women Make Movies
In 1965, when three women walked into the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C., they had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicians, they were ordinary women from Mississippi, and descendants of African slaves. They had come to their country’s capital seeking civil rights, the first black women to be allowed in the senate chambers in nearly 100 years.

A missing chapter in our nation’s record of the Civil Rights movement, this powerful documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it – and emerged as its grassroots leaders. Their living testimony offers a window into a unique moment when the founders’ promise of freedom and justice passed from rhetoric to reality for all Americans. Through moving interviews and powerful archival footage, STANDING ON MY SISTERS & SHOULDERS weaves a story of commitment, passion and perseverance and tells the story of the women fought for change in Mississippi and altered the course of American history forever.