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April 16, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Marquee Theater, Union South
8–9 p.m. Public reception hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
The HBO documentary Southern Rites (2015) 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 and UW-Madison alumna Gillian Laub, first brought the area unwanted notoriety with her photos, 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. The New York Times called the film "riveting... Southern Rites is a portrait of the inequities that lead to disaster on the streets of cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo.” Directed and produced by Gillian Laub; executive producers include John Legend, with UW-Madison alumna Lisa Heller as supervising producer for HBO.