RAVE REVIEWS FOR FREEDOM RIDERSThe film Freedom Riders has garnered glowing reviews in newspapers, magazines and blogs across the country. See below for a few of these features.
New York Times
"[Freedom Riders] is a story of ennobled youth and noxious hatred, of decided courage and inexplicable brutality...It is hard to imagine a feature film conveying the events with a more vivid sense of drama or suspense."
Ginia Bellafante, New York Times. Click here to read the article.
"In 'Freedom Riders,' Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson uses masterful storytelling and gripping interviews with key players of the era to document what would eventually become one of the civil rights movement’s major victories."
Jamiliah King, Colorlines. Click here to read the article.
"With a thriller’s pace and the emotional heft of a battlefield journal, PBS’s remarkable new documentary 'Freedom Riders' recounts the bloody anti- segregation bus rides of 1961 that helped kill Jim Crow in the Deep South."
Greg Evans, Bloomberg News. Click here to read the article.
Ella's Voice - The Ella Baker Center
"Freedom Riders stirs the soul and tugs at the heart strings of anybody who has fought tirelessly and fearlessly for something they believe in."
Shanelle Matthews, Ella's Voice. Click here to read the article.
"I doubt you'll find two hours of TV more riveting, harrowing and inspiring than Freedom Riders."
Matt Roush for the Roush Review, TV Guide. Click here to read the article.
The Root.com - Stanley Crouch Praises Freedom Riders
"Every great once in a while, something like Stanley Nelson's wonderful documentary Freedom Riders appears and is so good that it exhausts all common versions of praise."
Stanley Crouch, The Root.com. Click here to read the article.
"Watching Stanley Nelson's documentary, about as essential as viewing gets, audience members born after 1980 may not know which to find more astounding: the casual institutional acceptance of racism just five short decades ago, or the courage of the black and white Americans who stood together to defy it."
Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene. Click here to read the article.
Defendersonline.com - the NAACP Legal Defend Fund
"“Freedom Riders' is a well-documented ride through history, back 50 years into another century, when America seemed like a different place. It is no joy ride...Watching evokes anxiousness about the safety of the young, idealistic riders who maintain their dignity and nonviolence even when attacked by unmerciful mobs of white segregationists. Period photos and film footage, some in slow motion, and all in black and white, heighten the feeling of being there just as disaster is about to happen."
Kenneth Cooper, Defendersonline.com. Click here to read the article.
The Los Angeles Times
"[Freedom Riders] fills its two hours with the sort of moment-to-moment detail that makes not only for persuasive reporting but also for suspenseful drama."
Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times. Click here to read the article.
"...thanks in part to Nelson's two-hour distillation of Ray Arsenault's 700-page book, the Freedom Riders movement is emerging from a half-forgotten corner of civil rights history to the forefront in its 50th anniversary year."
David Barron, MySanAntonio.com. Click here to read the article.
The Wall Street Journal
"For anyone interested in a refresher course on how far race relations and civil rights have come in the past half-century, 'Freedom Riders' offers a vivid reminder of the culture of bigotry and violence that plagued the Deep South in 1961 and serves as a fitting tribute to the heroic men and women—both black and white—who risked their lives to change it."
Michael Judge, Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the article.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/Freedom-Riders-documentary-explores-events-that-1378229.php#ixzz1MYOCVCtP Photo: Director Stanley Nelson with Freedom Rider Hank Thomas