Movie/Documentary Recommendation: The Loving Story/Loving
The life of Richard and Mildred Loving, both reluctant to be the face of interracial marriage, sort of mirrors how well this movie did in the Box Office. Let’s just say the gross total doesn’t cover its production costs as of today. I’m not sure why more people didn’t want to see it in the theater. It might be an ugly reminder the United States once enacted laws to preserve the status quo. The last state to officially legalize interracial marriage was Alabama in 2000. The film focuses less on the courtroom drama and more on their hardships as the Loving family tried to raise their children safely. It wasn’t until they won their case in the Supreme Court in 1967 that they were able to return to Virginia and raise their family in relative stability. The viewer never loses sight of the connection between race and power on both the national and personal level. I won’t spoil the ending, but I found myself more hopeful than anything when the credits rolled.