37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

How the Monuments Came Down

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How the Monuments Came Down is a deep dive into the history of Richmond, Virginia through the lens of the confederate monuments that served as a constant reminder of the white supremacy and Black resistance that shaped the city. Directors Hannah Brown Ayers and Lance Warren speak with activists, descendants, and historians about why the monuments went up and how they came down in this poignant, timely documentary. Introduction by President and CEO of VPM Jayme Swain, discussion with filmmakers Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren and story advisor and descendant Joseph Rogers, moderated by Dr. Andrea Douglas (Jefferson School African American Heritage Center).

This film will be presented with Open Captions and the on stage presentations will include ASL interpretation.

Presented by VPM 

Supported by UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This film is part of the Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking series presented by Virginia Film Office. 

This film is also part of the Women in Film series.


Saturday, October 30


6:00 PM


Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Hannah Brown Ayers, Lance Warren

Runtime: 88 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2021

Country: USA

Language: English

Accessibility: Open Captions

Featuring: Melody Barnes, Julian Hayter, Michael Paul Williams.