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Hard Road of Hope

Building on a radical past, folks in West Virginia work to save their present and future from a dying coal industry, and the rise of oil and gas.

“A workhorse documentary that’s blue collar in presentation yet fiercely strong in its voice of advocacy and truth.” – Richard Propes, The Independent Critic.

Building on a radical past, folks in the hills and hollers of West Virginia seek to save their communities and ecosystems by highlighting the dangers of dying coal, the false promises of rising oil and gas, and the potential for a radical future based on a just transition and community.

The film provides insights and inspiration for how to transition from an economy based on the exploitation of land and labor, to one of mutual aid and ecological integrity and serves as a non-ideological road map for community struggles across North America while highlighting the dangers of keeping the coal industry alive, while also exposing the false promises of rising oil and gas.

“Hard Road of Hope explains the peoples’ history of the region through the voices of people who still remember…The stories in this documentary are many, and watching it unravels what should be in front of all of our eyes in all of our struggles. [Director Eleanor] Goldfield pries the viewer’s eyes open to see how the use of radical history is a tool we need in order to see where we come from so we can clearly see the now and build a just future.” – Orin Langelle co-founder Global Justice Ecology.

“Yes, yes, yes! this is a must see film for everyone, everywhere! Eleanor Goldfield has struck that sweet spot between hard facts and storytelling, weaving together a powerful and inspiring story about land and our relationship with it– something that is rarely achieved in documentary films. And, personally, nothing energizes me more to act than to have someone beautiful connect threads of historical resistance with today’s apocalyptic times. I am energized to meet folks at the intersections on the hard road to hope!” – Carla Bergman, organizer, filmmaker, author.

“So many have come to WV to tell our story- some have done so better than others. But Eleanor’s film is one of the very few that told our story in our own words; succinctly, and with a clarity and dignity that can’t be ignored. Our story is yet another in a long line of wake up calls happening around the world. Eleanor’s film sounds that alarm in a way that can’t be denied.” – Paul Corbit Brown president Keepers of the Mountains.

54 minutes / Color / English / 2020 / A film by Eleanor Goldfield


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When Liberty Burns

As broadcast on WLRN-Miami.

On December 17th, 1979… after failing to stop for a traffic light, Miami police officers gave chase to Arthur Lee McDuffie, a 33-year-old African American insurance agent and former Marine. When McDuffie surrendered, he was beaten until he lost consciousness.

That beating by four police officers resulted in his death.

After the officers were tried and acquitted on charges including manslaughter and evidence tampering, riots broke out in the black neighborhoods of Overtown and Liberty City on the night of May 17.

Those riots continued until May 20, resulting in 18 additional deaths.

While “When Liberty Burns” highlights the life and death of Arthur L. McDuffie, his story is simply a launching point for a far grander historical examination of the context in which the city of Miami developed during America’s Jim Crow era.

The film traces the dynamics of race relations in the city and uses this analysis as a microcosmic examination of what is happening across the nation… still… today.

By looking at the history of the friction between White and Black America in 1979 Miami through the eyes of those who were there, the viewer is provided with context toward a better understanding of today’s America, an America in which there continues to be an epidemic level of race violence.

Featured in the film are:

  • Frederica Watts McDuffie / Widow of the late Arthur Lee McDuffie
  • Forestine Reid / McDuffie Family Matriarch
  • Elder Shederika McDuffie Johnson / First born of Arthur Lee McDuffie
  • Marc McDuffie / Son of Arthur Lee McDuffie, a gospel music Minister.
  • Luis McDuffie / Older Brother Of Arthur L. McDuffie
  • Gwendolyn Anderson / Childhood friend of Arthur Lee McDuffie
  • Perman Anderson / Childhood friend of Arthur Lee McDuffie, retired City of Miami firefighter
  • Lonnie Lawrence / Retired Public Information Officer and Former Director of Miami-Dade County Corrections Department
  • Linda Saunders / Former Internal Affairs Investigator, Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Sam Stubbs / Former Motorcycle officer, City of Miami Police Force
  • Marshall Frank / Former Homicide  Investigator, Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Valeria Bland Thomas / Former Counsel for City of Miami-Dade Police Department
  • Floyd Jordan / Retired firefighter, City of Miami
  • Willie Logan / former Mayor of the City of Opa-Locka
  • Dr. N.D.B Connolly / author of “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida”
  • Dr. Marvin Dunn / Author of several books including “A History of Florida Through Black Eyes”.
  • Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs / author of “Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida”
  • WINNER: Knight Feature Film Award, Miami Film Festival (2020)
  • NOMINATED: Knight Documentary Achievement Award, Best Documentary, Miami Film Festival (2020)

Production Year: 2020 / 111 Minutes / Color / English / 16×9 HD / A film by Dudley Alexis


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When Liberty Burns Trailer from Epyllion Studios on Vimeo.