Directed by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren
“Spurs needed conversations that lead to real change.” —Linda Intrabartola, Rutgers Today
In order to move forward, we have to look at the past, however difficult that may be. An Outrage is a short documentary film about lynching in the American South filmed on location at lynching sites in six states. The film is bolstered by the memories and perspectives of descendants, community activists, and scholars. This unusual historical documentary seeks to educate even as it serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past.
Thousands of African Americans confronted, resisted, endured, and perished during the era of lynching in the American South. Beginning with the end of the Civil War and continuing well into the middle of the twentieth century, this extralegal, socially-sanctioned practice of torture and murder claimed the lives of at least 3,959 African American men, women, and children. This past is little-discussed today, even as its wounds continue to fester.
The history of lynching ought to grab us by the collar, compel us to confront fundamental truths — among them, that the present is an ongoing exchange with the past. History is not a long-distance conversation with the dead. The past is persistently present as it perpetuates the old lies of race, tribe, and hierarchy. To tell the truth, we must understand the lies—the outrages—that have produced our present moment. 2016, U.S., video, 30 minutes. Recommended for 15+.
Followed by a discussion on race, history, and the current issues we are facing today led by Professor Elizabeth M. Jones, Esq., Pan African Studies, UofL with Cedric Merlin Powell, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, UofL and Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, Chair of the Faculty Senate and Trustee, UofL.
Free. Tickets available on first-come, first-served basis starting at 5 pm.
Co-presented with the ACLU of Kentucky.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art.