An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland
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The amazing true story of civil rights pioneer Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, An Ordinary Hero is directed by award-winning filmmaker Loki Mulholland, who captures his mother's story and learns about her courage and the role she played in changing American history. As a white girl growing up in the South, Joan witnessed the ugly realities of segregation and racism firsthand and vowed to one day change it. By the time she was 19, she had already joined the Freedom Riders and participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests. Despite being attacked by angry mobs, put on death row in the notorious Parchman Penitentiary, and coming face-to-face with the KKK, Joan never wavered from her belief that we are all created equal.
Full of exclusive interviews and rarely seen images from the civil rights movement, An Ordinary Hero is an empowering documentary that can restore your faith in the human spirit and the belief that all of us can make life better by doing what is right, even when it isn't easy.
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Writer: Loki Mulholland
Director: Loki Mulholland
Producer: K. Danor Gerald, Loki Mulholland
Runtime: 91 min.
This remarkable DVD chronicles the amazing story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. This seemingly ordinary woman stood with blacks during the Civil Rights movement and wound up in jail for her stand, although she had not done anything wrong other than treat blacks as equals, but that was enough during those days. Her stand eventually brought Joan to Parchman, Mississippi Prison.
Along with others, Joan took freedom rides on a bus, making a declaration of their belief in equal rights for all. This was unheard of in the south during those early days of the Civil Rights movement. Joan herself is interviewed in this film as well as others who lived during this time. Rev. Reginald Green remembers not being able to sit in a restaurant. The viewer learns Joan went to "Duke," an integrated college, and eventually became the first white woman to attend Tougaloo, a previously all black college. We also learn that bullets hit the campus a few times.
Featured in the DVD are writers Eric Etheridge, author of "Breach of Peace", who talks about buses being attacked during the freedom rides. Also featured is Michael J. O'Brien, author of "We Shall Not Be Moved", who speaks of the bus demonstrations and freedom rides as well as sharing biographical information about Joan.
We are pleased to award this inspiring DVD our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus. This educational DVD is also eye opening and will encourage the viewer to be thankful for what progress has been made in the fight for equality, and the history that is shared shows what a terrible price has been paid. But, as Joan herself says, it made "me want to do more."
Language: G/OMG-1; the word "nig*er" is used several times as it is explained people used that word a lot during racist moments in our history; P.O.-1; B-1; SOB-1; H (as a place)-1; a woman who stands with blacks is called a "white nig*er".
Violence: Photo of a black man from behind who has been lynched; archive footage of man being kicked on the floor and he has a bloody face; talk of violence and a bomb at a church that killed four innocent girls and a black man that was killed as well as others; photo of people who have had a white substance thrown on them because they want equal rights for blacks; the mention of being abused or lives threatened due to racism.
Drugs: Photo of man with cigarette in mouth.
Other: A woman mentions enduring a difficult vaginal exam in prison; the mistreatment of people due to racism and prejudice.