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Shows importance of history in order for society to confront and learn about terrible moments from our nation's past, what we can learn from it, how the past connects to the present.
Positive Role Models
Documentary shows importance of historians, investigative journalists, and community activists as they work to uncover and tell the world about a horrible chapter in U.S. history that, until recently, has been overlooked and avoided, how the violence of the Red Summer connects to today.
Violence & Scariness
Archival news photographs show dead bodies of men killed during race riots that transpired throughout America in the years immediately following World War I. Talk of a brutal lynching in Omaha, Nebraska: A man was hanged, beaten, then dragged through the streets. Footage from infamous 1910s movie Birth of a Nation depicts White woman fleeing from an attempted rape by an African American man. Archival news footage of L.A. riots in 1992.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Archival news and historical photographs show men smoking cigarettes, pipes, and cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer is a 2021 documentary that tells the story of the horrific race riots that took place in the years following World War I. While the events being described are from one of the most horrible chapters in American history, this documentary offers positive role models and positive takeaways. It shows how committed investigative journalists, historians, and community activists have worked to force U.S. society to confront and reckon with events that, until recently, have mostly been overlooked or deliberately avoided. The documentary also shows the importance and necessity of recognizing history, and how the events of the Red Summer have a direct connection to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter protests of recent years. There are some violent moments: Archival news photos show dead bodies in the aftermath of these race riots, archival video of eyewitness accounts tells stories of surviving the attacks and nearly perishing as houses were set on fire, and there's a particularly gruesome story concerning a man who was lynched in Omaha, Nebraska. Cigarette, cigar, and pipe smoking are shown in archival news photographs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an essential documentary that clearly shows how the events of the Red Summer a century ago have a direct impact on contemporary American life. Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer does so much more than what passes for "historical documentaries" on cable these days. Instead of simply telling what happened and leaving it at that, this documentary goes to great lengths to show the viewer why knowledge of history is so vitally important, and how the massacre perpetrated by White people in Tulsa against the property and citizens in a thriving African American community there, in the words of one of the interviewees, "did not happen in a vacuum." As the documentary makes clear, what happened then led to and informed the civil rights movement of the 1960s as well as the more recent Black Lives Matter protests.
It shows how historians do so much more than simply teach basic historical facts, devoid of all meaning or context. It shows how investigative journalists can work to help uncover and force us to quite literally uncover truth that was intended to be buried and forgotten by civic leaders who would prefer not to reckon with injustice. It shows how community leaders work to ensure that elected officials do more than give speeches or other empty gestures. The pain of the past is very much the pain of the present, and while this is difficult to face, it's something that is even more painful and damaging to ignore, because, 100 years later, that pain has not gone away. Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer is a powerful documentary, one that shows how the past informs the present, and how confronting and learning from the past, no matter how difficult that may be, provides the opportunity and hope for a better future.
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