We have nothing but love for the recently released Loving film trailer starring Ruth Negga (AMC?s Preacher) and Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Exodus: Gods and Kings).
The film which centers on love and racism is a Cannes Festival favorite and is already getting some Oscar buzz. It is based on a true story of a Virginia couple in the 1960s, Richard and Mildred Loving who fought for their marriage for nine years and were even detained at a time when interracial marriage was not only frowned upon, but also illegal.
Watching the trailer, you just cannot avoid tearing up when Negga and Edgerton deliver their lines in the preview which may be short but say so much about love and about the world. Do we need more movies about racism?
We cannot keep on denying the fact that it exists. We acknowledge the social issue with movies like this and make people remember the fact that this is still a problem today. Sure, violence and war have been been reduced but what about the smaller battles like in conversations, or discrimination in workplaces, or being followed when shopping at a store?
Loving makes us remember why there was and is a need for social change. We need to make some noise for it to happen and be felt. And, we also get to celebrate the war fought by Richard and Mildred that opened the door for marriage equality in the U.S. with the 1967 landmark civil rights decision, Loving v. Virginia.
Films are a powerful tool in conveying and immortalizing these messages especially nowadays that people are very much engrossed in various types of media. We can never make enough films about racism, we can never write enough essays or books about racism. It?s there, it exists. We?re here, we exist, and what more can we do but create something based on the human condition?
President Barack Obama said via HuffingtonPost, ?It?s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ?nigger? in public. That?s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It?s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don?t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.?
So, in Loving, we will witness a love story that changed the world. Because what better way to address hatred and discrimination than with love?
Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols, hits theatres November 4. Watch the trailer below: