When I decided to finally make this documentary, I gave myself permission to become totally devoted to learning everything I could about this woman – what she ate, how she sang, the people she loved. I traveled to her church, had lunch with her daughter, spoke to students who learned from her. From Washington, DC to the Mississippi Delta to Tennessee, those I spoke to told me she was a force that never left them.
Mrs. Hamer would have been 100 years old this year. Today, as our country country has split wide open with a resurgence of hate, we need Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer now more than ever.
As I find new ways to fight the evils of bigotry, the mark she has left on my spirit keeps me going.
I believe she will do the same for you when you meet her through this film.
Risks and challenges
My film is completely finished - so there is no risk in terms of an investment being lost! The biggest hurdle is simply paying off the licensing fees so that this documentary can be shared legally, across the country and even the world.
Mrs. Hamer's story needs to be shared with the world. The biggest challenge for me was completing this film. I had little money and no connections, but a deep, unwavering passion for Mrs. Hamer's.
More than ever, in this hateful and dangerous climate, Mrs. Hamer's legacy fuels me to complete this project, and let people from all over experience what civil rights leaders fought for - and why we can never go back.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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