Southern Rites Screening & Public Reception

  • 1308 W. Dayton St.
  • Madison, WI 53715

The HBO documentary Southern Rites (2015) visits Montgomery County, Ga. It takes place 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 and UW-Madison alumna Gillian Laub first brought the area unwanted notoriety with her photos which currently featured in the Southern Rites exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art.  In this film, she 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.

  • Times: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM