JOHN AKOMFRAH ON “THE MARCH”
By Abbie Bernstein
One of the most pivotal moments in the American (some would say worldwide) civil rights movement occurred on August 28, 1963 with the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. It was there that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his eternally potent “I have a dream” speech.
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March, PBS is airing a week full of specials about it, including THE MARCH @ 50 and MEMORIES OF THE MARCH.
The documentary entitled simply THE MARCH airs on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Directed by filmmaker John Akomfrah, who produced with his partners Lina Gopaul and David Paulson, narrated by Denzel Washington and executive-produced by Krysanne Katsoolis, Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn via Sundance Productions, THE MARCH combines rare archival footage of the historic assembly and what led up to it with present-day interviews with those who participated in the historic event.