Minnijean Brown Trickey is an ordinary woman on an extraordinary mission.
At the age of 16, she was one of the Little Rock Nine, the nine black teenagers in Little Rock Arkansas who defied death threats, hostile white demonstrators, and the National Guard, to attend an all-white high school.
At the age of 22, she was active in the non-violence movement for civil rights and for peace. Her work eventually led her to live in Canada.
At the age of 28, she and her husband moved to Northern Ontario, looking for a more meaningful life. There she learned to raise animals, farmed the land by hand, and gave birth at home to five of her six children.
At the age of 47, she was supporting Native peoples fight for their rights, protesting to save the environment, and working towards equality for all.
At the age of 58, she returned to the United States and received the Congressional Gold Medal.
Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey is an amazing journey of the heart, mind and spirit.
Featuring the music of Sarah Vaughan and Bruce Cockburn, this documentary contains rarely seen archival footage, exclusive footage of the Little Rock Nine at the 1997 commemoration of the 40th anniversary, and powerful moments from The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Here's what people have been saying about the documentary:
"Unbelievably evocative and haunting..."
Janis F. Kearney, Diarist and Historian, Office of Former President William J. Clinton
"A potent examination of the personal price of political struggle. Impressive."
Tom McSorley, Film Critic, Take One Magazine
"I stayed up through the night and watched it five times in a row.
I need someone like Minnijean in my life!"
Cecilia, Canada, Living on the streets in Ottawa and Toronto
52 minutes, colour, 2001 Mastered on Digital Betacam
Directed by ROB THOMPSON
Produced by MARIA YONGMEE SHIN
Director of Photography RAY HAGEL
Executive Producers MARIA YONGMEE SHIN and MALCOLM GUY
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North East Productions.