Mr Stokes' Mission and Directing Dissent
The Goethe Institute
Washington, DC
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Mr Stokes' Mission and Directing Dissent
DIRECTING DISSENT: Germany/ 2013/ 65mins/ directed by Sophie Hamacher

A film about John Roemer, dynamic teacher and social activist, and the historic circumstances that led him to live outside the law. Roemer's story involves near death experiences and adventures, both as director of the Maryland ACLU and while playing a pivotal role in the fight to integrate Maryland. He has been described as a 'gun toting pacifist', a cowboy, and a 'crazy left winger.' Set in Baltimore, a city with a turbulent history of charged race relations, the film not only shows Roemer's distinctive and unconventional style of teaching, but uses it as a framework within which to explore his past. The film is a character study of a loved and respected rebel, as well as an exploration of the philosophy behind civil disobedience.

MR STOKES' MISSION: USA / 2013 / 30mins / directed by Sam Hampton

On April 23, 1951, as senior class president of Robert Russo Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Farmville Virginia, John A Stokes helped organize a walkout by over 400 fellow African American students to protest segregated school conditions. This strike led to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court desegregation decision Brown v. Board and the resulting response of the five year closing of Prince Edward public schools under massive resistance. As the only case in Brown v. Board initiated by students, the film portrays civic engagement in a personal context and Mr. Stokes' life's work for equality.

Director  Sam Hampton is a CINE award-winning documentary filmmaker and partner at Hampton Films.  Sam is a former director for Docs in Progress, educating the public about documentary storytelling.


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