IDFA documentary: Behind a Presidential Commitment


On Monday the 20th and Tuesday the 21st of November IDFA presents Robert Drew’s intriguing documentary about a poignant moment in the ongoing history of racism in the United States.

The documentary follows John F. Kennedy and his staff in June 1963. The president was facing great tension in American politics and society. In spite of a federal ruling, Governor George Wallace was threatening to deny two black students access to the “white” University of Alabama. Attorney General Robert Kennedy had to move mountains to overcome the crisis. He advised the president and developed a strategy for Alabama, and Drew filmed this as well. We learn what Wallace thought about racial segregation and follow the two students in question right up to the moment of truth. Will the governor let them in, or will he dig in his heels?

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