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Prom Night in Mississippi (2009)

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

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Paul Saltzman

Writer:

Paul Saltzman
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Highschool Seniors of Charleston Highschool Seniors of Charleston ... Seniors
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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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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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What Would You Do?
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Can we eradicate hatred, racism and bullying?
4 October 2019 | by thejcowboy22See all my reviews

I remember my own high school prom back in 1975. I rented a tuxedo and put down a balance on a limousine. It was night to remember but with a month and a half to go it was not to be. I was dumped and alone with deposits that were non-refundable. Trivial by comparison as we shift to this documentary of a different nature. Distinguished veteran actor Morgan Freeman narrates this experiment in reintegration. Freeman has an idea to subsidize a high prom in his home town of Charleston, Mississippi where the black population is the vast majority. Interviews by students of both races are downright fascinating. The vitriol hatred from the white parents seems to be the cause to this on-going segregation. Narrator Freeman exclaims that, "One thing that surprised me most was that they have separate proms and separate homecoming queens -one white, one black. How stupid can that be?" This was not Freeman's first attempt at bringing the students of Charleston together. The school board after much consideration agreed to go ahead with the plan in revising it's racial policies and have the integrated prom. The documentary chronologically interviews white students, black students, black and white couples expressing their feelings and ridicule by their peers in anticipation of that special evening. I personally felt I was watching something out of the nineteenth century, post civil war south with the racial comments made. With all the modern conveniences and inventions mankind has produced racial prejudice remains to be stagnate. Were all human being here , Black, Brown, Yellow, White. Thought provoking I only wonder what's next. Gay's only proms? Transgender only proms?


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Prom Night in Mississippi See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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