Green Hills Cinema - Theater 3 Sun, Apr 22, 2007 3:00 PM
Documentary Feature
Green Hills Cinema - Theater 3 Mon, Apr 23, 2007 2:00 PM
Documentary Feature


Banished USA 2006, 86 min. Director/Producer: Marco Williams Executive Producers: Burt Glass, Dan Noyes, Whitney Dow Co-Producers: Maia Harris, Oriana Zill de Granados Camera: Steve McCarthy Editors: Kathryn Barnier, Sandra Christie From the 1860s to the 1920s, dozens of towns and counties across America violently expelled their entire African American communities. Thousands of acres of land were lost. Thousands of families were forced to flee their homes. Many of these towns remain all-white today. Banished tells the story of three of these communities - Pierce City, Missouri; Harrison, Arkansas; and Forsyth County, Georgia - and the Black descendants who return to learn the shocking history, as well as the white residents who struggle with their town's hidden past. Both are faced with the question: what can be done to repair past racial injustice today? Filmmaker Marco Williams (Two Towns of Jasper, NaFF 2002) travels to each town, conspicuous as the only African American, and meets with historians, civic leaders, and residents. While his conversations sharply highlight the way these towns confront or ignore their legacy, the institutionalization of racism becomes most tangible through the stories of the descendants of Morgan Strickland and James Cobb. Strickland's relatives search for proof that he really sold off his land before leaving Forsyth County, while Cobb's family seeks his remains in an unmarked Pierce City cemetery plot. The roadblocks they encounter point to the difficulties facing reconciliation and reparation. Preceded by: Numbers From A Montgomery County Jail (The Bird of Prey, USA 2006, 4 min.), a poetic retelling of the Montgomery Bus Boycott inspired by the arrest records of Parks and King. In Attendance: Marco Williams, The Bird of Prey Showtimes: Sunday, April 22, 3:00pm Monday, April 23, 2:00pm Print Source: Marco Williams Hiptruth Productions