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The March

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Docu traces crucial moment in U.S. civil rights history.

Movie NR 2013 60 minutes
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Earnest and straightforward, The March is the kind of documentary you can picture a high school history teacher wheeling an AV cart in for. Those who didn't know a lot about the 1963 March on Washington will learn more about it: the leaders who inspired the march, the foot-soldiers who made it happen, the nameless and faceless hundreds and thousands who made it their business to be there that day.

Probably the most gripping parts of the doc for teens will be footage of police officers bullying peaceful protesters, and images of signs like "colored bathroom." Young people who have never seen such images, or heard politicians railing fiercely against what we think of today as basic human rights, will be spellbound. The rest of the doc may be a tougher sell -- the thing about a peaceful protest is that it's not that dramatic. Nonetheless, The March illuminates a painful, yet crucial period in America's history, and parents (and history teachers!) who want their children to understand why may want to put The March on the "required viewing" list.

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