A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Racism, murder, family major themes.
Positive Role Models
Some folks appear racist; a person is facing murder charges.
Violence & Scariness
An assault shown; a shooting death and racist acts discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Underage sex, single motherhood discussed.
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"hell," the N-word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marijuana use briefly discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Southern Rites is a documentary that explores the complicated race relationships in two small southeast Georgia towns, including a history of segregated proms, local election problems, and other race-related issues. It contains strong themes, including institutional and cultural racism, a shooting death, and descriptions of racist confrontations: There are lots of opportunities to discuss the issues it brings up with your teens. Words like "hell" and the N-word are audible, and marijuana smoking and underage sex are briefly mentioned. 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 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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