Civil Rights - Selma to Montomgery - March 21, 1965

With a federal court order allowing their peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery, civil-rights activists - led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - set out for their destination on March 21, 1965.  It was the third time they had started their march.

Stefan Sharff - then a young film maker who'd had a post-World War II apprenticeship under Sergei Eisenstein, the great Russian director whose films like "Ivan the Terrible" are still highly respected - was at the third march.  He recorded what he saw in a "montage style."

Recently rediscovered, this significant documentary (in two parts) takes us back to the Jim-Crow era.  Marchers - both black and white - were willing to risk their lives to protest America's discriminatory laws.  

Stefan Sharff went on to become a film-making professor at Columbia where he started the University's PhD-in-film-studies program (although he didn't have a terminal-degree in the subject himself).  He was also an author and made "more than 100 documentaries, the majority of them for public television," according to his obituary at the New York Times

Thanks to Stefan Sharff's son, Billy - who has made his father's Selma-to-Montgomery March available online, via YouTube - we are able to watch a riveting documentary.  This clip is part 1 of 2. 

See, also:

Civil Rights - Selma to Montgomery, Part 2


Media Credits

Documentary of the Selma-to-Montgomery Civil-Rights March which began on March 21, 1965.  Online, courtesy the Sharff family, via YouTube.

Director:  Stefan Sharff

Stefan Sharff
Christopher Harris
Julian Krainin
Alan Jacobs
Norris Eisenbrey


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