The Loving Story is a new documentary that blends raw, archival footage and modern interviews to share an authentic view of the landmark Loving vs. Virginia case that overturned the interracial marriage ban in most of the United States 44 years ago. According to Augusta Films, on February 14, the doc will premiere on HBO – coinciding with both Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.

Directed by Nancy Buirski, The Loving Story takes an intimate look at the life and circumstances surrounding Mildred & Richard Loving, a Black woman and White man – childhood sweethearts who dared to fall in love, and get married in 1958. Although they wed in DC, Virginia’s laws that deemed interracial marriages “unnatural” and illegal essentially banned them from the state for 25 years. The alternative was a sentence of one year in prison. Understanding that the miscegenation laws were a crime in and of thenselves, Mildred Loving decided to fight. What began with letter asking Attorney General Robert R. Kennedy for help ended with a Supreme Court ruling 9 years later that stated: “Bans on interracial marriage violated both the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the constitutional requirement of due process.”

The revealing documentary which was shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, has already made it through the film festival circuit over the past year, and will be featured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 8th & 9th in the new year. Dig an excerpt of the The Loving Story below:

HBO will debut The Loving Story on February 14, 2012.

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