Docutah to screen ‘An Ordinary Hero’ at Dixie State, the epic story of a civil rights activist

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland at the Oxford Film Festival, Feb. 22, 2013 | Photo by Rockabillyvampire via Wikimedia Commons, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — By the time she was 19, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was shot at, attacked and put on death row, but that’s just the beginning of her remarkable journey to help change the world. A documentary about her life being screened this week at Dixie State University will allow Southern Utahns to see this civil rights hero’s courage on full display.

Promotional material for Docutah’s screening of “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” | Image courtesy of Docutah, St. George News

Dixie State University Docutah International Documentary Film Festival will present “An Ordinary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dixie State Eccles Main Stage. Tickets may be reserved online.

The film tells the amazing true story of one white southern woman’s courage to choose her convictions and join the civil rights movement, according to a press release issued by Docutah. The screening is hosted by her son, Loki Mulholland.

Heralded as a hero but disowned by her family, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland takes viewers on an incredible journey through her life in the civil rights movement and the power of the human spirit to persevere.

Shot over the course of a year in six states, “An Ordinary Hero” is the complete story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and includes interviews with scholars, authors, journalists and those who fought alongside this courageous woman.

“Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, an unsung Civil Rights legend, grew up in the segregationist South but turned against everything she knew for the truth and paid a price few of us could scarcely imagine,” Loki Mulholland said in the press release. “She was attacked, imprisoned, and hunted down for execution but never wavered in her beliefs.”

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