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Behind the Movement

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Insightful biopic tells story behind momentous bus boycott.

TV TV One Drama 2018
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True to its title, this movie tells the powerful story behind the now-familiar scenes of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and broader civil rights movement. It introduces Rosa Parks, played in impassioned fashion by Golding, and moves quickly through the events surrounding her arrest, on to the remarkable story of how a group of ordinary people used this tiny spark to ignite a revolution. Even with their shared goal, though, there are differences of opinion and pushback in surprising places, but also beacons of hope that help offset fear as they take this gargantuan step toward racial equality.

Behind the Movement is not an action movie. It's driven by dialogue and long pauses, giving viewers the chance to reflect just as the characters do. It's inspiring, captivating, and tense, even with prior knowledge of how the story plays out in the end. It pays homage to the mixed emotions felt by many of the people involved, who had to weigh their safety and that of their families against a broader cause, no matter how just. In other words, it's a fitting and insightful tribute to a generation of people who took a stand against inequality and paved the way for brighter futures for generations to come.

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