Women of the Struggle: Facing Fear in the Civil Law Age Oct. 27 at Co-Lin Natchez – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper


Women of the Struggle: Facing Fear in the Civil Law Age Oct. 27 at Co-Lin Natchez

Posted at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

NATCHEZ — A special treat awaits those who attend the Voices and Votes sessions at the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Library on October 27. The premiere of the documentary project “Women of the Struggle: Facing Fear in the Civil Rights Era” will be broadcast free of charge at noon and 6 p.m.

“The project is a work in progress,” said G. Mark LaFrancis, award-winning filmmaker, director and executive producer of “Women of the Struggle.” He said, “Our production team has spent four years on this film so far, interrupted by COVID-19 for two years. Because the subject – voting and civil rights – is so important now, we wanted to release a draft of what is essentially a powerful and meaningful film. It depicts women who, as girls and young women, experienced the rigors and dangers of the civil rights era, particularly during the period 1964-1967 in Mississippi.

LaFrancis added, “We continue to interview as best we can with COVID and Omicron still threatening people. We had to get some of our footage through internet interviews. Our intention is to complete the film for the Natchez 2023 literary and film celebration.”

He and his team – Robert Morgan and Darrell White – produced “The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story”, which won numerous awards at national film festivals. “Women of Struggle: Facing Fear in the Age of Civil Rights” is an offshoot of “The Parchman Ordeal,” LaFrancis said.

“We expect several women who appear in the film to be on the program,” LaFrancis said.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street currently on display in the Co-Lin Library. The exhibition is free and open to the community until November 11.

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