Documentary film series focusing on civil rights, human rights and social justice


Virginia Museum of History and CultureThe Virginia Museum of History & Culture and the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond have partnered to present a film series centered on civil rights, human rights, and social justice in American history.

The Created Equal film series was originally created by VMHC in 2013 to honor museum trustee and Virginia civil rights activist Reverend Grady Powell.

Each screening will be followed by a conversation with a panel of community members. The series is free to the public, but registration is required.

The series includes:

  • UNDERSTOOD: Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 p.m. – This Emmy® award-winning documentary captures the inspiring stories of people who are current and former residents of social housing in Richmond. Hear them, in their own words, as they survive and overcome the challenges of everyday life, give back to their communities, and work to improve the lives of those left behind. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker David Powers; TJ Thompson, one of the people featured in the film; and other community members.
  • THESE THINGS CAN BE DONE: Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. – This documentary presents an often-overlooked narrative of women’s suffrage in Virginia brought to life through rare archival footage, photographs, oral histories, radio broadcasts and interviews with historians , descendants of suffragists and activists. Produced by Boedeker Films and VPM with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration in partnership with VMHC.
  • WALL REPAIR: Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. – Created by Hamilton Glass in the spring of 2020, Mending Walls RVA sought to build empathy and connection between individuals through art following the murder of George Floyd. The project, inspired by a conversation with artist Matt Lively, brought together 30 artists from different backgrounds to have difficult conversations and create 16 murals across the city of Richmond. The Emmy®-winning film “Mending Walls: The Documentary” was created from footage of these conversations and the creation of these murals and follows the relationship established between the artists and documents community healing through art.
  • HIGH/SHAVED: Thursday, February 16, 2023, 6:30 p.m. – Through the lens of “Raised/Razed, a documentary recently released by Maupintown Media in association with Virginia Public Media, viewers will experience the story of Vinegar Hill, the oldest African of Charlottesville. American neighborhood and the impact of the federal urban renewal program on a once thriving community, all in the name of progress.

The films in this series are presented in part with the support of Virginia Public Media.

VMHC is located at 428 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.

For more information or to register, click here.

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