The Loving Story

Augusta Films   |   USA

A racially-charged criminal trial and heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, a black woman married to a white man against the law in 1950's Virginia. Thrown into rat-infested jails and exiled from their home for 25 years, the Lovings fought back and changed history. They were paired with two young lawyers driven to pave the way for equal rights through a historic Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. Told through luminous cinema verite footage and rare photos, this film takes us on a journey into the heart of race relations in America. We are fortunate to have discovered the work of Hope Ryden, a producer who had the foresight to document the Lovings at a time when few realized the importance of their story. Shot in 16 mm cinema verite style, the footage places us as observers in their home, lawyer's offices, '60s diners and courthouses. By allowing the footage to play out in extended scenes, we have invited viewers back in time and place. Paired with rare period photographs and other archival footage, we have created a fully immersive experience and, as result, heightened the empathy for our subjects.