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Southern Rites (2015)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 18 May 2015 (USA)
One year after the town merges its segregated proms, photographer Gillian Laub documents a divisive murder case in a small Georgia town.

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Josh Alexander
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SOUTHERN RITES visits Montgomery County, Ga., one year after the town merged its racially segregated proms, and during a historic election campaign that may lead to its first African-American sheriff. Acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub, whose photos first brought the area unwanted notoriety, documents the repercussions when a white town resident is charged with the murder of a young black man. The case divides locals along well-worn racial lines, and the ensuing plea bargain and sentencing uncover complex truths and produce emotional revelations.

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Enlightening but Slanted
6 June 2015 | by SirBurghSee all my reviews

I can't say I "enjoyed" this - more like it horrified me that there was such segregation and racism still alive. The whole "black prom" and "white prom" is sickening to me.

So it was very enlightening, but I felt like the main story of Norman Neesmith was pretty slanted and unfair. The whole time I was just saying "Where the hell was the daughter?" I don't want to write a spoiler, but none of this murder smacked of racism to me. The guy seemed like maybe he was in a rage, but the issue of the daughter wasn't raised until the very end, and her involvement and response to everything that happened that night was muted, at best. Also the lighting to make her look more white was kind of sad.

Don't get me wrong, Norman Neesmith seems like something of an idiot and his whining about all this affected him makes you want to puke. But he raised a black child, had black children to his pool, and generally was anything but a racist.

But the bias that you'd expect in a liberal activist's work aside, it really was interesting and moving.


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