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WUCF Wins ‘Best Documentary Film’ At Orlando Urban Film Festival

Posted by Jennifer Cook on

WUCF’s locally produced film, The Groveland Four, has been named the Grand Jury Winner - Best Documentary Film by the Orlando Urban Film Festival. The festival, taking place May 25-26 celebrates the works of Central Florida’s diverse community of producers.

The Groveland Four explores the infamous “Groveland rape case,” in which four young African American men were wrongly accused of rape. In 1949, Lake County was considered the citrus capital of the world, and African Americans were needed to work in the fields. Groveland, like all of Lake County, was ruled with an iron fist by Sheriff Willis McCall, whose brutal treatment of blacks had become widely known. Through witness accounts, reenactments and court testimony, the film looks to shine a light on a difficult chapter in Central Florida’s history.

The film is set for broadcast premiere on Monday, June 25 at 10 p.m. on WUCF.

“The Groveland Four is an important story to tell and to discuss especially as we continue to explore the role of race in America,” said Phil Hoffman, WUCF executive director. “WUCF takes our role as community storytellers seriously and it’s a great honor to be recognized for this important work.”

You can learn more about The Groveland Four by visiting http://wucftv.org/groveland.