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Black Uniform

Directed by Robert Darwell

Nomination: Best Documentary Feature

Nomination: Founders’ Choice Award

Twelve Black veterans, serving within the ranges of WWII to present day, share their heartfelt perspectives on what it felt like to be on the proverbial front lines as a Black man or woman in the U.S. military. Some of the veterans served when the military was still segregated while others voluntarily enlisted for action or were called to duty by a draft. The film highlights the nation’s shifting views on those who serve and tackles the unique and additional challenges that women in the military face when they enlist. Featured veterans include Romay Davis, one of the very few surviving members of the only Black female battalion sent overseas during World War II, the 6888; and former Congressman Charles Rangel, who received the Purple Heart for his sacrifice during the Korean War.

Preceded By

Drawing of a man connected to an oxygen tank dancing in a pink room

A Life of Honor

Directed by Richard O'Connor

When Joseph Patton joined the Navy in 1955, at a time when LGBTQ community members could not be open while in the military. At StoryCorps, Joseph remembers the pride he took in his service and the beauty and joy that love has brought to his life.

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