The Long Shadow


Lark Theatre Sat, Oct 7, 2017 6:00 PM
Lark Theatre Tue, Oct 10, 2017 10:00 AM
Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:15 AM
Film Info
Category:Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:87 min.
Premiere Status:World
Director:Frances Causey
Producer:Frances Causey
Sally Holst
Jed Riffe
Screenwriter:Frances Causey
Cinematographer:Rogelio Garcia
Emiko Omori
Editor:Maureen Gosling
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist and activist Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. A daughter of the South, raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past, Causey is haunted by slavery’s legacy. She passionately seeks the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress. From the moment of America’s birth, slavery was embedded in institutions, laws, and the economy, and yet even as slavery ended, racism survived like “an infection.” By telling individual stories—of free blacks in Canada; of a modern, racially motivated shooting—Causey movingly personalizes the costs and the stakes of continued inaction. “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner once said, and this echoes one scholar’s warning: “We’re still fighting the Civil War, and the South is winning.”

*Oct 10 screening is a CFI Education screening open to school groups and general public.

In association with Berkeley FILM Foundation.