On Tuesday, February 19th, the new film Banished will be showing on many public television stations across the country, under the auspices of Independent Lens.
Between the 1860s and 1920s, 12 counties in 8 states expelled more than 4,000 African Americans from towns which to this day remain mostly white. The film depicts several descendants of those excommunicated African Americans who return to their ancestral homes to learn more of their unsettling history. The film further explores the ideas of reparations and racial cleansing, subjects which even in the 21st century hold very contemporary significance worldwide.
Banished was co-written by our dear friend Maia Harris, a gifted and award-winning film producer, and we urge our friends, families, and colleagues to watch this ground-breaking film. please click here to check for local listings.