Film - Documentary | October 10 | 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
john powell, Haas Institute; Frances Causey
Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how Americaguided by the South's powerful political influencesteadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.
William Faulkner once said, The past is never dead. The past is not even past. And this echoes one scholars warning in the film: Were still fighting the Civil War, and the South is winning. Anti-black racism has survived like an infection, rigging the game against African-Americans and denying them full access to the American dream.
By telling individual storiesof free, enterprising blacks in Canada; of a modern, racially motivated shootingthe filmmakers movingly personalize the costs and the stakes of our continued inaction. The Long Shadow presents a startling, unrecognized history that provides much needed context when considering the major issues impacting black/white relations in the United States today.
Finally, The Long Shadow is a masterful film that captures the disturbing story of the enduring human cost of prejudice and ignorance in the US that continues to cast a long shadow over our national identity and values and ultimately, our celebrated democracy.
light lunch served on a first come first serve basis