Educational Media Reviews Online | Reviewed by Daniel L. Thacker, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona
"The First Rainbow Coalition will fit well for political science and US history courses that need examples of a people’s history or class struggle. This film demonstrates multi-ethnic people and interracial politics joining forces for a common cause during one of the most tumultuous times in United States history."
Video Librarian | Kevin Hall
"The film deftly combines archival footage with interviews from former members of these groups in order to tell the story of how these 3 disparate groups found unity during turbulent times. Santisteban eschews a narrator, instead letting those who lived during this partnership tell the story. It is an eye-opening tale and one that, until this documentary, flew under the radar."
AL DÍA NEWS Media
"This is the extraordinary story told by The First Rainbow Coalition, a documentary by San Antonio filmmaker Ray Santisteban, which will air on PBS, and features a young Black activist, Bobby Lee, who mustered the courage to go north of segregated Chicago to the poor white area with the firm purpose of sealing an alliance with his fiercest racial enemies –in pursuit of the common good."