REVIEW: PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI
In 1970, the town of Charleston, Mississippi, allowed black students into their white high school, but refused to integrate the senior prom. Twenty-seven years later, Charleston resident and Academy Award®-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to finance the prom—under one condition: it had to be integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman made the offer again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made.
Prom Night in Mississippi traces the tumultuous events leading up to Charleston's first integrated prom through intimate conversations with students, families, faculty members and Freeman himself. As the film unfolds, we delve deeply into the heated race issues that tear apart this tiny community, and realize that this troubling segregation has less to do with the students than their parents. Ultimately, Prom Night in Mississippi captures a big moment in a small town, where hope finally blossoms in black, white and a whole lot of taffeta.
Originally premiered on HBO on July 20th, 2009, Prom Night in Mississippi was an official selection and nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, named Top Ten Audience Favorite at HotDocs, and winner of Best Documentary Feature at AFI Dallas International Film Festival.
Timed to release in time for Black History Month, Prom Night in Mississippi can be brought home on DVD on January 26th, 2010 from Docurama Films.
Conversation with the Director and Producers
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