Directors in Training

Freedom Fellows, in partnership with Blue Magnolia Films, created photo essays compiled of still images and a background narrative focused on a member of their community to highlight stories of Civil Rights and personal growth. Made possible by the generous Hardin Foundation, students spent a short 8 days putting together these documentaries, staying at the Lead Center until ten or eleven at night to work. The dedication was evident in these films, which featured a range of local Civil Rights leaders in the Delta community, and an exploration of own passions such as a love for basketball or a realization that you can find ways to lead without having to be a vocal leader. There was not a dry eye in the audience after the screening, and we are so proud of our Freedom Fellows. From the words of one interviewee, Freedom Fellows put into action the idea that “you need to find in yourself your passion and what you want to change.” 

These documentaries will be available by mid-June and will be featured in a screening at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this upcoming fall. Stay tuned for more details!