SOUTHERN RITES

By Gillian LAUB

BORDERLINE MEDIA - as CONS

Documentary - Completed 2015

Executive produced by Oscar-winning musician John Legend, and directed by acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub, SOUTHERN RITES documents the repercussions when a white town resident is charged with the murder of a young black man.

Festivals
& Awards

Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, First film
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Director(s)
    • Gillian LAUB
    • Writer(s)
    • Josh ALEXANDER
    • Producer(s)
    • Josh ALEXANDER, Gillian LAUB
    • Synopsis
    • SOUTHERN RITES visits Montgomery County, Ga., one year after the town merged its racially segregated proms, and during a historic election campaign that may lead to its first African-American sheriff. Acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub, whose photos first brought the area unwanted notoriety, documents the repercussions when a white town resident is charged with the murder of a young black man. The case divides locals along well-worn racial lines, and the ensuing plea bargain and sentencing uncover complex truths and produce emotional revelations.