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Southern Rites

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu exploring Southern racism is insightful, honest.

Movie NR 2015 97 minutes
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This insightful, surprisingly candid documentary takes an in-depth look at the complicated race relations that continue to exist in two Georgia small towns. This despite the fact that its prevalence is denied or ignored by many who live there. Interviews with county residents, including Neesmith, Chief Burns, his outspoken daughter Keyke, and Justin Patterson's family and friends reveal, from their point of view, how these racial tensions impact their everyday lives.

There is an attempt to be impartial, but due to the nature of the topic, much of what is featured here is offered from the black community's point of view. But it also succeeds at demonstrating how members of this community have become resigned to, or fearful of, challenging the system. It also shows how those who do can still be thwarted by a power structure that will quietly -- but unapologetically -- treat them differently.

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