Guiding Forces Behind "The Watsons Go to Birmingham"

New movie about an All-American family that gets swept up in an explosive moment in U.S. history.
4:25 | 09/17/13

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Now, we're joined by the guiding forces behind "the watsons go to birmingham." It's about a family that gets swept up in an explosive part of our country's history. Birmingham, alabama, in the turbulent summer of 1963. Here's a look. Kenny. Are you all right? That sounded close. The baby. It is -- you have to see this. It's coming up. It's so wonderful to have anika noni rose, tanya lewis lee and nicki silver, as well. Welcome to you all. You've been talking about this for a while. Anika, you are the brother. And explain why your family's in flint, michigan, and you decide to go to be with your family in the summer of 1963? Well, my oldest son is having trouble making decisions. I've gotten to the point where i don't know what to do. It's simply time to go home and let my mother put her hand on the situation. I think the amazing thing is, this woman, wilona, has so much love for her children, she has decided to go out on love and faith, and bring them home, even though home is not a good place right now. It's sort of turbulent. But home is also the place where the roots are and the place where we can fertilize this young man. And, yes. He needed a grandma's loving. He needed grandma. Tanya, we've seen films before, depicting this time in our country's history. You decided to go with a different angle here. Explain that. We adapted the young adult novel, by christopher paul curtis. It's told through the eyes of the 12-year-old boy. That's what is unique about it. I don't think we've seen this story through the eyes of a child. And this family, as anika said, they travel from flint, michigan, to birmingham, alabama. They're outsiders in the world. They deal with segregation in a way they never experienced it before. You showed it in such a way. I've seen films like this before. You're one of the executive producers. And one of the screen writers. What I appreciated, the humor. And -- as many times as you told me that at lunch. She deserves all of the credit for it. She wrote an incredible script. Everyone brings it to life. That's what's so helpful, to have that -- those humorous moments come through. It's a film that makes you laugh. It makes you cry. And you want to watch with your whole family. It's a family film. So, we hope that everybody gets together to watch it with their kids. And that's true. I'm watching it. I see my family. I see so many different families. It is about family. It is all about family. And the love they have for each other. And they're a working unit, which is something we don't often see when we talk about families now. A husband and a wife that communicate well together and work well together for a common goal with their children, which is needed. You lead a very good cast. Thank you. And the whole production of it. Was there really a record player in the car? That was something. The book when I first read it, I thought it wasn't real. But our prop guys found a mint condition ultraglade that they found in the car. And we played it. That's what I'm talking about. It's those things like that. Anika, always good to see you. Love what you're wearing. I know you tweeted about it. Thank you.

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