Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival

The College of Charleston will present the 2017 Charleston Civil Rights Film Festival, a landmark event exploring the power of film to shape and inspire social change. The three-day festival runs from April 20 to 22, 2017. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant in February 2017.

The event will include a special screening of Freedom Song, a film about the 1960s voting rights movement in Mississippi. Danny Glover will appear in person to present the film. There will also be a showing of Two Trains Runnin’, a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers during Freedom Summer. The director, Emmy and Peabody-winning and Oscar-nominated documentarian Sam Pollard, will present. Additionally, there will be workshops at the College of Charleston and local public high schools; a showcase of local, emerging, and student filmmakers; and town hall discussions and panel talks.

All events and screenings are free and open to the public.

To view the full festival schedule and for additional information, visit the festival website at or contact Jon Hale at 843.953.6354 or

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.