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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment

Drew Associates; producer, Gregory Shuker; film makers, Richard Leacock; James Lipscomb, D.A. Pennebaker, Hope Ryden. In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his brother, U.S. Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, forced one of the gravest racial confrontations of the 20th century. Despite a federal court order, Alabama Governor George Wallace vowed he would prevent two black students from entering the all-white University of Alabama. With a revolutionary new style of filmmaking using hand-held cameras, filmmaker Robert Drew and his four-team crew were at work recording the crisis as it unfolded, capturing the story from all sides up until its dramatic climax. 1963. 53 min.