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54 Miles to Home

In 1965 three Black farming families risked their lives by providing refuge to the thousands of voting rights marchers on the historic five day, 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery. Nearly 60 years later, The Halls, Steeles and Gardners share for the first time what their parents and grandparents sacrificed and how their families’ legacies and this historic land can be preserved for generations to come. Their stories help unveil the rural and agricultural roots of the civil rights movement, while asking the seemingly timeless American question: how do you fight for what you know is right when the majority is against you?

  • Claire Haughey
  • Phillip Howard
  • Michele Forman
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Claire Haughey

Claire Haughey is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and photographer originally from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado pursuing stories that address the intersection of environmental justice, income equality, and community. As a graduate student in Media Studies and Documentary Film at The New School, her thesis film (HIDDEN COSTS) highlighted the multigenerational cycles of community sacrifice for corporate profit in Brooklyn's fossil fuel infrastructure. It was showcased at DOC NYC in 2020. She previously co-directed the Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then short documentary, RENGA FOR THE WEST, and interned at America ReFramed. She is dedicated to creating work that is respectful and inclusive of the individuals and communities who share their stories.

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