Synopsis: Double Victory: Two Warriors in the Fight for Civil Rights During WWII, a feature-length documentary, tells the story of the struggles black Americans faced in trying to obtain their rights as citizens during this pivotal war. Through footage from the U.S. National Archives, newspaper articles, photographs, and interviews, this piece of history and its political challenges is explored. Locations cover the Pacific and European war fronts, as well as Chicago, Ohio, and South Africa. Interviewees include the official historian of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, the former Civilian Aide to the Secretary of War during WWII, Australian Red Cross volunteers, a WWII vet, historians, and professors.
Bishop John A. Gregg, and military escort Chaplain (Major) John A. DeVeaux are the men chosen to take a worldwide tour on behalf of FDR, to check and report on the status of black American soldiers. This takes place in 1943 and 1944. Gregg and DeVeaux continue the work they began with the tour, as well as their friendship. The bishop personally makes a full report to the President.
Lastly, a recap of the progress of black Americans, other minorities included, in the military is presented, spotlighting General Colin Powell and current Commander-in-Chief President Barack Obama. Wrap-up comments from interviewees which connect the work of Gregg and DeVeaux to the present day bring the story full circle.
Current state of development: This film is in post-production. We are currently raising funds to complete post-production at: http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=8759
Short bio: Faith DeVeaux has produced three shorts, The Visit, Backstage Craft, and Life and Time. She has training from AFI and UCLA Extension, and has worked in the music industry, an animation company, and a film distributor, in addition to crewing on various films. She is a member of IDA, Film Independent, and Women in Film and Video.
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