The March – Documentary that recounts a watershed moment in American civil rights.
The film tells the story of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as told by the people who organised and participated in it on 28 August, 1963. The march is best remembered for Martin Luther King Jr’s now iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
It recounts the heroic endeavours of the hundreds of committed civil rights activists who worked to fundraise for and organise the march, the presence of Hollywood actors who added glamour to the solemn call for equality, and the fierce opposition from the US government. As a catalyst for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the march saw the beginnings of the legacy of freedom for all American citizens.
Channel: BBC2 / PBS / France 3
Producer: Smoking Dog Films / Cactus 3 / Sundance Productions
TX: August 2013
Source: BBC press release