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The University of Virginia and the Paramount Theater present

Freedom Riders
documentary screening and pre-show introduction with Larry Sabato and Julian Bond


in association with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, the Virginia Film Festival, the Quality Community Council of Charlottesville, and the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP.


Date:Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Location: The Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Downtown Charlottesville
Time: 6 p.m. pre-show discussion; screening immediately follows

Freedom Riders movie poster


From acclaimed documentarian Stanley Nelson, Freedom Riders is the story of the more than four hundred Americans who, in 1961, stared down the dangers of Deep South racial tensions to make a statement about segregation.

Based on the book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, by Raymond Arsenault, the film offers interviews with many of the individuals involved, from the journalists who covered it and politicians who stood against it, to the riders themselves, who overcame pressure from all sides to earn the attention of the federal government in their struggle to desegregate public highway transit.

Freedom Riders has recently been nominated for a 2011 Writer's Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay.

The screening will be introduced by Julian Bond, former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Professor Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics.

This event is free and open to the public. Following the event, the public is invited to stay for a free live streaming of the State of the Union address.