“Prudence Crandall: Voice of Conviction” is a 58-minute documentary produced and directed by local film-maker Bénédicte Naudin, and inspired by and highlighting the work of local educator, playwright, and performer Donna Dufresne. The film features a dramatic interpretation and historical commentary about Prudence Crandall through a discussion on race, class and gender. Using primary sources, interviews, sound effects and original music, the story of Crandall unfolds, illustrating her evolution from school teacher to avid abolitionist, and her life-long struggle to achieve equal opportunities in education. It is the legal arguments made on her behalf that were cited decades later in the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of education case, which finally struck down school segregation in the United States.
This program is open and free to all.