Columbia Film Festival

The Other Side Of The Coin

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This film is a collection of experiences and thoughts addressing the complexities of race in America. The participants featured in our film represent a span of different generations, which presents its own unique challenges. These challenges tend to reignite historical transgressions into the fold of present-day ideologies, begging the question: How do we reconcile for the sake of future generations and humanity?

Director Statement

The experience working on this film helped restore my faith in humanity. The eclectic perspectives provided from those with various ethnic backgrounds are rooted in the premise of equity for all. We filmed this prior to the racial unrest in 2020 because of the historical divisive nature that’s part of our country’s moral fabric. I hope that audiences who watch the film will step out of their comfort zone and become more inquisitive about other people’s cultural histories and lived experiences.

Director Biography - Frederick Murphy

Since Frederick Murphy was young, he always enjoyed talking to his elders and hearing stories of family history. In 2016, he founded History Before Us, a project centered on capturing, preserving, and advocating influential history. At the beginning of 2017, he started traveling the Southeastern region of the United States interviewing survivors of Jim Crow, the courageous individuals who didn’t make the headlines.

These untold stories prompted him to complete the award-winning documentary The American South as We Know It. Frederick, a Licensed Professional Counselor by trade, utilizes tactful questioning, empathy, and reflection to obtain relevant information needed to produce a true narrative of African-American/American history. Frederick also has a Master’s degree in Transformative Leadership and serves as an educator in higher education.

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    Frederick Murphy
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    Frederick Murphy
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    Frederick Murphy