Filmmaker: Harvey Richards • Publisher: Estuary Press
Freedom Bound tells the story of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee’s voter registration campaign in Mississippi in 1963. Amzie Moore, an NAACP leader in Cleveland, Mississippi, led Richards through the Mississippi delta voter registration campaign, setting up interviews with share croppers, student activists, students and others in the struggle for freedom and the right to vote. Freedom Bound contains unique footage of share croppers and voter registration activists telling their stories of heroism and hardship encountered in their fight to gain the right to vote in Mississippi in 1963. Fannie Lou Hamer tells her story of being evicted from the Marlow plantation where she had worked for 18 years. Hollis Watkins singing of freedom songs is on the sound track and he appears in the film telling stories of his work in the voter registration campaign. Julian Bond and Bob Moses tell about their goals and views of the situation in Mississippi. The camera visits the family of Herbert Lee, murdered in 1962 for his activities in the voter registration campaign. Sharecroppers tell their stories in their own words. During that time, many who participated in the filming did so without giving their names because of the fear of reprisals against them for standing up for their right to vote. Freedom Bound was later revised into a second film, We’ll Never Turn Back, with added footage of SNCC leaders making direct fund raising appeals. The making of this film, and Dream Deferred made in 1964, is the subject of "Primary Source Documentaries: The Making of We’ll Never Turn Back(1963) and Dream Deferred (1964)" by Paul Richards, PhD.