National Archives Digitizes Film About Little Rock Nine

Apr 5, 2015

The Little Rock Nine pose in front of Central High School in this file photo from 2009.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

  The National Archives has digitally remastered a film about the Little Rock Nine for the anniversary of its Academy Award win for best short documentary 50 years ago.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that it's the fifth film the archives' Motion Picture Preservation Lab has restored to cinema quality.

The film will be shown at the National Archives later in the spring and is available online.

The archives says the 18-minute film, titled Nine from Little Rock, was never intended for American viewers but was shown in hundreds of cities around the globe.

The film follows the lives of several of the nine black students years after they integrated Central High School in Little Rock. The film is narrated by one of the Nine, Jefferson Thomas, who died in 2010.