Movies That Matter: Film Screenings for Schools

Southern Rites


Tuesday, April 9, 2024
10:30 am – 1:30 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

The Jewish Museum invites middle and high school students and teachers to view award-winning documentary films that examine current social issues such as representation and identity, immigration, and civil rights, followed by discussions with filmmakers.

Southern Rites (2015) 
87 minutes 
For grades 9 – 12

Southern Rites visits Montgomery County, Georgia, one year after the town merged its racially segregated proms, and during a historic election campaign that may lead to the election of its first African-American sheriff. Filmmaker Gillian Laub, whose photographs of the segregated proms first brought the area unwanted notoriety, explores the town’s painful struggle to confront longstanding issues of race, equality, and justice. Directed by Gillian Laub. 

Content Warning: This film discusses racism, systemic oppression, and racially charged murder; this film contains explicit language.

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Gillian Laub, Amber and Reggie, Mount Vernon, Georgia, 2011. Purchase: Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund