Feast of Film

The Miami International Film Festival, now over at Miami Dade College, turns yet another leaf

But while most World War II testimonials eventually get around to emotional retellings of some personally harrowing event, you won't find many such war stories here. First, for pilots there's no blood and gore to recount when you're alone in a plane. Mostly, though, the fight for these men was not so much in Europe against the Luftwaffe, but in strictly segregated military bases stateside. Racism was rampant through the military at that time, from the generals down, and black officers were denied things like access to the bases' officers clubs. The issue came to a head when German prisoners of war, held at military bases throughout the U.S., had access to areas that were off-limits to black officers. Called the Freeman Filed Mutiny, 101 black officers stood up to the base policies, risking court-martial and death. Their defiance eventually led President Truman to desegregate the military in 1948.

While Silver Wings and Civil Rights is not as gripping as other war documentaries and their tales of death and destruction, there's a different kind of bravery in the stories from these men in the face of racist policies. And though there are too many talking heads and not enough archived footage, this is an important story that's told well, and a counterweight to all the paeans about the greatest generation that proliferate at every anniversary. -- John Anderson

Silver Wings and Civil Rights screens at Regal South Beach Cinema at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, and 7:15 p.m. on Friday, February 6.

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More beauties from Bhutan; a road movie Brazilian style

Location Info


Miami International Film Festival

1100 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Attractions and Amusement Parks

Region: South Beach

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