Friday Videos: Selections from the Reel Civil Rights Film Fest

Walter Littlemoon speaks to students in the film The Thick, Dark Fog.

The Reel Civil Rights Film Fest begins today in Little Rock. Operating in connection with the Little Rock Film Festival, the event is also affiliated with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

The festival will take through September 25th, leading up to the 55th anniversary of the desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School.

All screenings and events are FREE and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets: Tickets are still available for many of the films.

Here are a few previews from four of the films that will be showing this weekend, all of which explore the possibility of storytelling, folklife, and community action to bring about positive change.

Will you be attending the festival? Which films will you be seeing? We’d love to hear about it!

Thick, Dark Fog a documentary by Randy Vasquez explores the long term effects of Indian Boarding Schools and one man’s quest to overcome these struggles and abuse. Featuring the story of Walter Littlemoon, a member of the Lakota tribe living near Wounded Knee, this film explores the power of storytelling to change individuals and communities. Visit the film’s webpage here for more information.  This film will be showing Sunday at 5:00.

The Memphis Thirteen  tells the story of the 13 first graders who desegregated the Memphis City Schools in 1961.  This film will be showing Sunday at 3:00P.M


Soul Food Nation explores the past and future of soul food and the socioeconomics of the modern American diet and is layered with historical information, foodways studies, and commentary on the industrialized food system. More information here. Showing Saturday at 9:00 P.M.

“Soul Food Junkies” 2012 Trailer from Byron Hurt on Vimeo.


A Class Apart tells the story of Hernandez V. Texas and the Mexican lawyers who turned a small-twin Texas murder case into a landmark civil rights case. More information here. This film will be showing Saturday at 3:00.


To see a complete list of all the films go here.