In December 1955, a brief news item in a national Black publication reported the arrest of a white man and a “Negro” woman at a Miami motel. The couple was arrested for vagrancy, at the time a vague charge wielded by police against activity deemed undesirable — in this instance two people meeting, likely for sex, in violation of the city’s strict segregation laws. Delving into the case, the filmmakers uncover the personal stories of the two protagonists and show that, far from a footnote, the episode provides an unexpected glimpse into Miami’s complex social history.

Recipient of a 2019 Ellie Creator Award from Oolite Arts

Scheduled for release in 2021

Running Time 10:42

Director Gaspar González
Cinematographer Ed Talavera
Narrator Cathleen Dean
Cast
Cian DeBaldo | Erica Randle
Editor Jorge Rubiera
Music Sam Garner
Post Sound Sound Speed Miami