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  • Actors: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Michael O'Brien, Joyce Ladner, Hank Thomas, John R. Salter
  • Directors: Loki Mulholland
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Taylor Street Films
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4XMH9O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The National Civil Rights Museum declared, "This film belongs alongside those of other freedom rights champions." Experience the incredible true story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland's courage to help change the world. As a little girl growing up in the South, Joan witnessed the ugly realities of segregation and racism first hand and vowed to one day do something about it. By the time she was 19 years old, Joan had already participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protest when was put on death row in Mississippi's notorious Parchman Penitentiary after joining the Freedom Rides... but that was just the beginning of an incredible true story that has captivated millions around the world. Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Loki Mulholland, An Ordinary Hero is an empowering tribute to the human spirit that is sure to inspire people of all ages to do what is right even when it isn't easy.

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And like she said, you didn't know because you never asked.
Angela F.
Ms. Mulholland is truly an American hero, her participation during the civil rights movement is inspiring.
rlwinche
An Ordinary Hero presents contrasting perspectives in unique and compelling stories.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris E Smith on February 12, 2013
I learned about the civil rights movement in high school, however this film helped bring it to life as told by someone who actually participated in the middle of all the chaos, by standing up for what she believed no matter the consequences.

Having missed the civil rights movement this film helps to explain what happened and why as well as showing the tragic consequences of hate and bigotry. Its worth the time to watch this for no other reason than to learn from the past to keep it from repeating itself.

Schools should be showing this film to their students.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Super Healthy Kids on February 15, 2013
This is one of the best videos of the civil rights movement I've seen! The stories told by brave and courageous men and women who were on the front lines of this movement gave me a new respect and awe for their actions. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was active in fighting for rights at a time when her life was in danger for doing so. I could only hope that if I lived then that I would be as brave and stand up for what is right. Thank you for sharing her story! This video should be shown in every history class in this country.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mighty hunter on February 12, 2013
Not only extremely educational, but very inspirational. Very well done! A must watch for anyone interested in increasing there understanding of the civil rights movement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By October on March 4, 2013
Joan Trumpauer was no ordinary hero. She defied the most difficult forces to fight for her beliefs in a just society. Her story is one I have known about since she entered Tougaloo College in 1961. It was one of courage, determination, and most of all, integrity. Joan took seriously the belief that each person has intrinsic equal value, therefore segregation and racial discrimination made no sense to her. She didn't see color. Joan was also courageous because she was willing to fight for her beliefs to become a reality. Mississippi was ground zero for the civil rights movement. It was an extremely dangerous place, especially for civil rights workers, and most especially for a white female activist fifty years ago. I witnessed and shared Joan's activities (we were college roommates) and I can attest to the fact that this documentary captures the spirit and essence of this extraordinary woman. I recommend this film highly because it is not only Joan's remarkable story but it tells the story of what our nation was like and what was required for change to occur. I recommend it highly, especially for students of all ages who will learn a lot about the civil rights movement and this critical era in American history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris711 on March 3, 2013
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Appreciating so much the complete calm and poise demonstrated by Joan Trumpauer Mulholland as she tells through story, picture and artifact her experiences as a white, southern girl during the Civil Rights movement of the 60s. The story is eloquently framed and supported by the additional recounting of others who were there with her. This film should be seen by each of us who was alive in 1963 and those of us born after that.
Joan's challenge to me to act on my convictions moves to to urge wide distribution and wider discussion. Their are lessons for today in the words of our past. Am I welcoming and appreciative of others who are different from me?
I was particularly moved by her visit to Medgar Evers grave on the occasion of President Obama's election. This film is full of connections across decades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. on March 2, 2013
This film is an outstanding cinematic work. Loki Mulholland has captured the essence of the civil rights movement, the bravery and vitality of the Freedom Riders, the explosiveness of the political climate in the deep South in the early 1960s, and the extraordinary courage, bravery, and determination of one young 19 year-old girl, Joan Trumapauer Mulholland. This film appears on the tail of the acclaimed PBS film "Freedom Riders." It is equally compelling and is a "must see" for all who have an interest in this period of American history. It is also important for younger generations to see this because far too many young people, white and black, are unaware of the sacrifices that were made a half century ago to secure the rights and freedoms we all enjoy today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RPMelia on February 22, 2013
An Ordinary Hero presents contrasting perspectives in unique and compelling stories. There is the son as producer telling the story of his mother’s heroic actions as a Freedom Rider in the early 1960’s. There is the young white daughter questioning the segregation surrounding her as she grows up in the South. There is the contrast of urban and rural communities, North and South, Duke University and Tugaloo College, independence and confinement at Parchman Prison, and intergenerational sharing of the events that helped topple segregation. All of these compelling and contrasting stories are collated with expertise in a documentary alive with artifacts of events, photos, interviews with participants, visits to original sites, music and most importantly, lessons for all generations on our most significant values. An Ordinary Hero is a video well worth viewing….and sharing/discussing with others!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela F. on February 19, 2013
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There was nothing 'ordinary' about An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. I'm a huge historian and thought that I'd known so much about the Freedom Riders and the entire Civil Rights Movement until viewing this movie. I had never seen it from the perspective of a non-minority. Joan was a strong young woman who stepped out of her comfort zone to help 'the cause'. What a huge deal that was back then!! I love it...and I love her for all of her many sacrifices. And just think, she never shared all of this with anyone. And like she said, you didn't know because you never asked. Sooo humble!!! What a living SHERO!!!
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