Two Trains Runnin' (NR) Release Date: September 29th, 2017
Runtime: 1 hr. 20 min.
Director: Sam Pollard
Genres: Documentary
Starring: Common
TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ is about the search for two forgotten blues singers, set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement. In June of 1964 hundreds of college students, eager to join the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi, starting what would be known as Freedom Summer. That same month, two groups of young men—made up of musicians, college students and record collectors—also traveled to Mississippi. Though neither group was aware of the other, both had come on the same errand: to find an old blues singer and coax him out of retirement. Thirty years before, Son House and Skip James had recorded some of the most memorable music of their era, but now they seemed lost to time. Mississippi, that summer, was a tense and violent place. With hundreds on their way to teach in freedom schools and work on voter registration, the Ku Klux Klan and police force of many towns vowed that Freedom Summer would not succeed. It was easy to mistake the young men looking for Son House and Skip James as activists. Finally, on June 21, 1964, these two campaigns collided in memorable and tragic fashion. TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’ not only pays tribute to a pioneering generation of musicians, it cuts to the heart of our present moment, offering a crucial vantage from which to view the evolving dynamics of race in AmericaSpecial Presentation
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