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Film is for HOME USE ONLY! Copies for public screenings or classroom use can be purchased from California Newsreel at www(dot)newsreel(dot)org.
Banished vividly recounts the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America when thousands of African Americas were driven from their homes and communities by violent racist mobs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fear for their lives, black people left these towns and never returned to reclaim their property. The film places these events in the context of present day race relations, by following three concrete cases of towns that remain all-white to this day (Forsyth County, Georgia; Pierce City, Missouri; Harrison, Arkansas). Banished raises the larger questions -- will the United States ever make meaningful reparations for the human rights abuses suffered, then and now, against its African American citizens? Can reconciliation between the races be possible without them? Banished follows a twisting trail through yellowed newspaper archives registries of deeds, photos from treasured family albums and dimly recalled stories of elders who lived through those traumatic events. The film features black families determined to go to any length to reconstruct their families past and gain some justice for their ancestors and themselves. It also interviews dedicated, local, newspaper reporters who braved community opposition to research the banishments in-depth and force their readers to confront their towns past and present.
Film contains overprinting warning against public use in 3 points during the film, at 5 second intervals.


"A wrenching investigation of racism, resentment, and reparations." --Village Voice

"A compelling and necessary chapter to the literature of racism in this country." --Hollywood Reporter

"Remarkable This crucially important documentary raises some difficult questions about what can be done in the present to make up for the crimes of the past." --TV Guide


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