What do you want viewers to take away from Loving?
Negga: “Our common humanity. That all this division, divisiveness and wall-building and borders, I think our film exposes the folly of that rhetoric. Because it’s man-made.This is not who we really are as human beings. For reasons that really don’t involve us. It involves power, for a small few. But I think we are capable of great depth of humanity, for ourselves and one another. We’re capable of hope, real hope, Anyone can change the world.”
What is the one thing you would say to Mildred Loving today?
Negga: “I would say thank you. My mom is white and my father is black, and so this movie has resonance with me. But also, I don’t think is just a black story – a story for people of color. This is an American story. These are two human beings that the whole of America I think would be proud of. And also thank you (Mildred) for showing what a great human being is.”
This interview was edited for space and clarity.