Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)

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A high school in a small-town in Mississippi prepares for its first integrated senior prom.



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In 1997, Academy Award winning actor, Morgan Freeman, who lives in the Charleston, Mississippi community, offered to fund the first-ever integrated Senior Prom in the history of Charleston's one high school. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Morgan offered again... the East Tallahatchie County School Board accepted. In this town of 2,300 people, its high school of 415 black and white students has, to this day, always had separate proms: one black, one white prom. Our film follows the Charleston High senior class of 2008 preparing and attending their historic, first integrated prom, in the context of strong emotions, traditions, and conflict inherent in race relations in the community, and in the deep south. Some of the white parents maintained their whites-only prom. Written by Paul Saltzman

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15 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Baile de Formatura no Mississippi  »

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Himself (Anonymous): [white student wishing to remain anonymous] The white parents of the white prom won't talk to you, because they're racists. Really, it's what it comes down to. They're racist people. And they don't want the whole world to know they're racist.
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Enlightening Documentary
11 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

This documentary clearly showed how racism is still prevalent in today's society. In a small Mississippi town, proms are still segregated despite the integrated class room. Morgan Freeman offers to pay for the prom if students choose to integrate it. When they do, all sorts of issues arise but they end up having fun at their senior prom. What parents say and do about it is astonishing and it shows that some places in America are still living in the past. Most kids were all for the integrated proms, however, some parents had strong opinions otherwise.

The documentary opened my eyes about how racism and discrimination is still a prominent sociological issue we face in everyday life. It followed the lives of these average Mississippi teenagers through the course of their senior integrated prom and shed light on how these slower pace communities and certain socioeconomic factors contribute to how people think about race. I feel like the director could have included more kids' opinions as well as additional parents' to really show the vast amount of different views and beliefs on blacks. I did like how they showed where the kids lived and showed the different sides of a white vs black. However, I enjoyed the documentary and learned a lot about discrimination.

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