The PBS Documentary, “Freedom Riders” about the Civil Rights movement and the young men and women who would travel through out the south and willfully violate unjust segregationist policies is getting rave reviews after premiering last night. Critics have compared it to the award winning Civil Rights documentary series, “Eyes On The Prize.”
The New York Times writes:
It is hard to imagine a feature film conveying the events with a more vivid sense of drama or suspense. The commentators — the riders themselves, historians, politicians, civil rights leaders — have mostly been chosen for an uncanny ability to convey the tension in a present-tense reconstruction. Blowhards and professors of the obvious have been excised, and the archival photographs and news clips have been edited down to those most affecting and lyrical.