You Got to Move: Lucie Massie Phenix and Veronica Selver’s Documentary (Sundance)

Lucie Massie Phenix and Veronica Selver co-directed You Got to Move, a documentary that follows people from communities in the South as they become involved in social change.

Highlander Folk School (known as Highlander Research and Education Center) is a 75-year-old center for education and action that was involved in each of the lives chronicled.

Bernice Robinson A black beautician who became the first teacher of a literacy program on Johns Island, off the coast of South Carolina, talks about teaching adults to read and write in order to pass voter registration requirements during the mid-1950s and 1960s throughout the Southern states.

Other figures include Bill Saunders, a former worker in a mattress factory who now runs a community radio station in Charleston, South Carolina.  Saunders was involved in creating a hospital workers’ organization at the Medical College Hospital in Charleston, which organized a 100-day-long hospital workers’ strike in 1969.

Gail Story and MaryLee Rogers are housewives from Bumpass Cove in East Tennessee, who helped organize community action to stop trucks from dumping hazardous chemicals in the garbage dump in their area.

Rebecca Simpson fought to get damage payments for the people in her community in Cranks Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky much of whose property was destroyed by a series of floods related to strip-mining abuses; she succeeded in reclaiming much of the mountainous land around Cranks Creek.

Taking its name from an old spiritual, You Got to Move features folk, country and gospel music from the South.