Dare Not Walk Alone
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In 1964, only a few weeks before the Civil Rights Act became law, marking a crucial victory in the struggle for equal rights, Dr. Martin Luther King and his allies from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference staged a series of protests in St. Augustine, FL, a resort community where racial segregation was still the order of the day. After several days of protests that often led to violent retaliation against the demonstrators, several SCLC activists arrived at the Monson Motor Lodge; the motel stated that its swimming pool was to be used by whites only, and in defiance several… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jeremy Dean makes a valiant attempt to juxtapose past and present, but his goal is consistently undermined by an execution so muddled it's almost unwatchable...Even so, the film deserves to be seen, if only for its wealth of rare historical footage."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Inelegantly made and sometimes awkward in its transitions between the two eras, Dean's film nonetheless packs a punch, thanks to vivid archival footage from this lesser-known (compared to Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham) hotbed of Southern racial unrest."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Even though this production was completed in 2006, the racial politics of the current presidential election make his film all the more significant."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Dean's ability to explore history through such a local nexus creates a uniquely intimate document."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"Directed by Jeremy Dean, Dare Not Walk Alone successfully avoids the trappings of many well-meaning civil rights docs that serve chiefly as grief mops for white liberal guilt."
‑ Brent Simon, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Brock's story and the vivid remembrances of protesters...Clumsier is Dean's attempt to revive calls for social justice regarding today's poverty-stricken West St. Augustine."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It's nothing short of breathtaking to see these demonstrations, and the clear and unmitigated cruelty incurred by these activists, from the points of view of general passersby."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
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