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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving

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What if you were told that you couldn’t be with the person you love? What would you do. Would you fight? Would you give up?

Loving tells the story of a couple who did everything they could, so they could be with each other.

Fighting the law wasn’t easy and this couple needed to persevere and be strong. For many years they have to leave their home. They had to raise their children in another state just so they could be together.

Whoever thought love would be that tough, whoever thought that you would have to fight to be with the one you love.

The Lovings went through a tremendous battle, but in the end they won and we owe them much respect for pushing the right of marriage.

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga).

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Jeff Nichols

Based in the 1960s, the Lovings had to spend almost 10 years of their life fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown, Virginia.

Richard and Mildred came from two different lifestyles. However, they fell in love and they wanted to desperately to start a family, build a home together and to start their life.

They never would have imagined it to be as hard as it was.

When Mildred found out and told Richard that she was pregnant, she was indifferent about how he would feel.

Of course Richard was happy he was going to be a father and picked out and bought land and was very thrilled start their family.

But before children a lot of couples like to get married, start your life properly.

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However, knowing that Virginia might not be the easiest state to get married in, based on their interracial laws, the Lovings drove to DC to get hitched.

After they got married they didn’t have a concern in the world about what was going to happen next.

Shortly after the wedding, a officer busted into the Lovings home, and threw them in jail because they were breaking the marriage laws.

When they were let out of jail they were faced with the choice to leave the state and not come back together.

The Lovings did all they could do and left the state. Leaving their family behind and starting a new one together in DC. It clearly wasn’t an easy choice but what else was there to do?

Many years went by and the Lovings lived their life in DC. But one day Mildred was prompted to write a letter to the White House and see if maybe perhaps they could help her situation.

All hope was lost and she figured why not. A few weeks later she got a phone call for a meeting. And I’m sure she had no idea how much that phone call would have changed her life and change the lives of many others as well.

Meetings after meetings and court cases after court cases. The Lovings case ended up all the way to the Supreme Court and nearly 10 years after getting married, the Lovings finally regained the right to go back home to Virginia.

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The Lovings story has been an inspiration to many couples including myself. And it seems as though that slowly but surely love is becoming just love. Not only in the eyes of those who love but in the eyes of the state and the courts.

Loving will hook you in from the very beginning. Jeff Nichols did an amazing job directing and choosing the cast. You would have never imagined that Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga were just two actors. They played the part so perfectly it almost felt like I was watching real life unraveling through the big screen.

Loving was released on November 4 in select NY and LA cities and will be released in additional cities throughout November.

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