A film by Robert Drew

1963 / documentary / Etats-Unis / original title : CRISIS: BEHIND A PRESIDENTIAL COMMITMENT / 52’ / Noir & blanc / status : completed / English / French and International catalog

When Governor George Wallace literally stands in the schoolhouse door to block the admittance of two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, to the all-white University of Alabama in 1963, President John F. Kennedy must decide whether to commit the power of the presidency to back racial equality. This astonishingly intimate documentary of a key confrontation in the U.S. battle for civil rights takes viewers inside the White House, the U.S. Justice Department and the Alabama Governor’s mansion as never before or since: candidly filming events from all sides with cameras that follow each participant as the crisis unfolds, up through its dramatic climax.