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Marriage equality drama “Loving” has been honored with the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice by the Hamptons International Film Festival.

“Loving,” which stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, opened the festival Thursday in its U.S. premiere. The film, directed by Jeff Nichols, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

The annual award goes to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice, and civil liberties. It’s named after civil rights lawyer Victor Rabinowitz and his wife Joanne, an author, filmmaker, and journalist.

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Their son Mark Rabinowitz has been selected to present the award to Nichols and producer Nancy Buirski.

“As this award is given in honor of my parents who were themselves an interracial couple, it is most appropriate and gratifying to honor this film, as well as the memories of Richard and Mildred Loving,” Rabinowitz said. “Their story should never be forgotten.”

“Loving” follows an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 in Virginia for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. They sued the state and won a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found laws prohibiting interracial marriage are unconstitutional.

Focus Features will open “Loving” in limited release on Nov. 4.

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