Movies That Matter - Southern Rites Screening at The Modern

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Movies That Matter is a bi-monthly films series that celebrates diversity and inclusion. Each event features a film screening, followed by a moderated discussion with local subject matter experts. Screenings are held in February, March, April, June, August October and December. Additional screening events with community partners are also held throughout the year by special arrangement.

Admission is free. Reservations can be made at www.FortWorthMoviesThatMatter.eventbrite.com. Reservations will be released 15 minutes before the published start time of the program and seating becomes first come, first-served.

Southern Rites

NR, 2015, 87 min.

A powerful portrayal of how perceptions and politics have divided two towns in southeast Georgia along racial lines for years. After controversial images of a local high school’s racially segregated proms were published in The New York Times Magazine, a media furor ensued and under extreme pressure, the town was forced to finally integrate the proms. Soon after, old wounds are reopened following the murder of an unarmed young black man by an elderly white town patriarch. Against the backdrop of an historic campaign to elect its first African-American sheriff, the case divides locals along well-worn racial lines and threatens to drag the town back to darker days. The town begins a painful struggle to progress while confronting longstanding issues of race, equality and justice, and ultimately asks whether a new generation can make a different future for itself from a difficult past.

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