FREEDOM RIDERS REACHED 3 MILLION VIEWERS -- "MOST WATCHED" ON AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN 2011Freedom Riders, with three million viewers on PBS' American Experience, "was the most-watched in the franchise in 2011." Click here and scroll down to read the article "PBS On a Roll". Congrats to the Freedom Riders team!
ABOUT THE FILM
2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Rides, when over 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Made in honor of the 50th anniversary, Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever.
Freedom Riders garnered three Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011 and was an Official Selection of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Silverdocs Documentary Festival, and the 2010 Full Frame Documentary Festival. In February 2012, the film won "Best Edited Documentary" at the ACE Eddie Awards.
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