Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2010
Change of wind
C. B. Hackworth
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Réalisateur(s) : C. B. Hackworth
Durée : 62
Genre : historique
Type : documentaire

Français

La véritable histoire, peu connue de Margaret Mitchell et Benjamin E. May, deux des plus influentes figures du 20ème siècle, qui vécurent à la même époque, au même endroit, mais dans deux mondes différents. Elle, blanche, lui noir.
Elle écrivit une nouvelle sacrée Prix Pulitzer, très critiquée pour faire l’apologie des stéréotypes liés aux races : « Autant en emporte le vent » – Titre original, « Gone with the Wind ».
Il fut l’un des plus brillants opposants au racisme, et a mis en place les bases du mouvement pour les Droits civils aux USA. C’est le légendaire président de Morehouse College et accessoirement l’un des plus importants financeurs de l’éducation des jeunes Noirs.

De manière anonyme, Margaret Mitchell envoya au Dr. Benjamin E. Mays des fonds afin de payer la formation en médecine de douzaines d’hommes Africains Américains prometteurs – une histoire qui a été révélé il y a seulement quelques années, et qui n’a jamais été racontée – jusquà maintenant.

Réalisé par CB HACKWORTH, produit par Andrew Young.

USA, 2010, 62 mn, coul., vidéo, documentaire, vo, traduction simultanée


FESTIVALS

2011, FEMi, Guadeloupe
www.lefemi.com
* Documentaire hors compétition

2010, Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival, 13-18 novembre 2010, Los Angeles, Californie
www.museumoftolerance.com/site/c.tmL6KfNVLtH/b.6341757/k.C00B/Change_in_the_Wind.htm

English

They were two people who lived in the same place, at the same time… but in very different worlds. Their unlikely, perhaps dangerous friendship helped change the world.

She was white. He was black.

She had written a Pulitzer-prize winning novel criticized for perpetuating racial stereotypes. He was one of the fiercest enemies of racism and laid the ground work for the Civil Rights movement in America.

Yet, for nearly a decade, the most famous author in the South corresponded – secretly – with the legendary president of Morehouse College… and eventually became one of the most important financial supporters of the traditionally black school.

Anonymously, Margaret Mitchell provided Dr. Benjamin E. Mays with funds to pay for the medical educations of dozens of promising African American men – a story which only came to light several years ago, and has never fully been told – until now.

While assisting Ambassador Young with « Change in the Wind, » researchers at the University of Georgia (where Mitchell’s papers are stored in a restricted collection) discovered previously unknown letters which fill in important gaps and explain the author’s evolving view on racial disparity in Georgia and the South.

The story is brought to life through the voice talent of a remarkable cast, led by Academy Award-winning actress Joanne Woodward, as Margaret Mitchell. David Oyelowo, who reads the words of Benjamin Mays in the documentary, will soon portray Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming motion picture, « Selma, » directed by Lee Daniels, a 2010 Academy Award-winner for « Precious. »

Documentary Feature

Running Time: 1:41
Year Produced: 2010
Format: HDCam
Country of Origin: USA
Production Studio or Company: The Andrew J. Young Foundation & the University of Georgia

Producer: Andrew Young
Director: CB Hackworth
Writers: Andrew Young & CB Hackworth
Cast (Voice Performances): Joanne Woodward, David Oyelowo, Walton Goggins, Jasmine Guy, Jennifer Holliday, Ted Turner, Martin Luther King III, Kenny Rogers and Cammie King.

For further information, contact:
CB Hackworth, The Andrew J. Young Foundation, 260 14th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318. E-mail cbhackworth@andrewyoung.org