The Loving Story


Using found footage from the 1960s and contemporary interviews, this film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving: an interracial couple who were married at a time when interracial marriage was illegal in 16 states. Arrested and forced to leave Virginia in 1958 for the felony of being married, the Lovings decided to fight back.

This film follows the couple and their young lawyers as they prepare for the landmark 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case that would lead to the legalization of interracial marriage in all states.

VFH co-sponsored a discussion panel with director Nancy Buirski, producer Elisabeth James, attorney Phil Hirschkop, Peter Wallenstein (Virginia Tech), Grace Hale (U.Va.), Barbara Perry (U.Va.) following the airing of the film at the Virginia Film Festival.

HBO aired The Loving Story on Valentines Day 2012. VFH provided early funding for the research and script development of the film.

For more on the 1967 Loving v. Virginia case see Encyclopedia Virginia >>

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