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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 65 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French: No

OUR MOCKINGBIRD is a documentary that uses Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird as a lens to view race, class, gender and justice, then and now. Woven through the film is the story of two extraordinarily different high schools in Birmingham, Alabama - one black, one white - who collaborate on a remarkable production of the adapted play, To Kill a Mockingbird.
 
In addition to this unique collaboration, we hear the voices of political leaders (Congressman John Lewis, former Attorney General Eric Holder), journalists (Katie Couric, Rick Bragg), actors (Mary Badham "Scout", Phillip Alford "Jem" in the 1962 movie), writers (Diane McWhorter, Rick Bragg), scholars (Charles Ogletree, Wayne Flynt, Cynthia E. Jones, Marshall Ganz), lawyers (Doug Jones, Reginald Lindsay, Richard Jaffe) and activists (Bryan Stephenson, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Morris Dees) mingle with those of students and teachers. Together these diverse voices reveal that as a country we have made progress but are still struggling with the issues of race, class and justice addressed in the novel. 
 
DVD Features
Includes the original 65-minute version and a 37-minute classroom version, with Scene Selection, and SDH Captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, plus 7 short video clips as bonus features:
• John Lewis on Selma [7:01] 
• Doug Jones on the Fifth Little Girl [1:53] 
• Bryan Stephenson on Advocacy [1:24] 
• On Race, Class and Justice [3:00] 
• Morris Dees on Bias [0:46] 
• Mary Badham Riding the Bus [2:00] 
• Translations [1:11] 
 
"This film is a useful resource for the study of the civil rights movement and of the practical uses of educational theatre in the classroom. Our Mockingbird will also be a useful adjunct to the classroom study of To Kill a Mockingbird and will serve specifically to enhance student understanding of both the historical significance of the book and its continued relevance in contemporary society." - Kimberly Poppiti, Educational Media Reviews Online
 
"About one in four white public school students attends a racially isolated school, as does one in five black students...Though we may think we no longer need to engineer experiences that bring kids of different races together, Our Mockingbird strongly suggests otherwise." - Melinda Henneberger, The Washington Post 

Awards:
 
Winner:
Best Documentary, Roxbury International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Newburyport Film Festival

Screened at:
Sidewalk Film Festival
Ojai Film Festival
Belmont World Film Festival
    

Links:
www.ourmockingbird.com/
 

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