Southern Rites

Credits

Director: Gillian Laub. Writer: Josh Alexander. Producers: Gillian Laub, Josh Alexander, Troy Carter, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius. Editors: Joel Plotch, Nancy Novack, Geof Bartz.

Websites

http://www.southernritesproject.com/

Awards and Festivals

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

Synopsis

This feature documentary visits modern day Montgomery County, Georgia, one year after the town merged its racially divided high-school proms, and during an historic election campaign that many hoped would lead to its first African-American sheriff. Photographer Gillian Laub, whose photographs of earlier segregated proms brought the area unwanted notoriety after being published in the New York Times Magazine in 2009, returns to the town of Mount Vernon, GA to document the repercussions when a white resident is charged with the murder of a young black man. The case divides locals along well-worn racial lines, and the ensuing trial uncovers complex truths that produce emotional revelations.

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