THE LONG SHADOW
STREAM FOR FREE BY CLICKING HERE | AVAILABLE THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 14 (via Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson)
“Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, director Frances Causey investigates the roots of our current racial conflicts. Causey and Long Shadow producer Sally Holst, both daughters of the South, were raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past. Causey and Holst conceptualized the film together after reflecting on how haunted they are by the truth of slavery’s legacy in their own histories.
Causey and her team passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories that reveal how the sins of yesterday feed modern prejudice, which burns undiminished despite our seeming progress. From the moment of America’s birth, slavery was embedded in institutions, laws, and the economy, and yet even as slavery ended, racism survived like “an infection.” By telling individual stories—of free blacks in Canada; of a modern, racially motivated shooting — Causey movingly personalizes the costs and the stakes of continued inaction. “The past is never dead,” William Faulkner once said, and this echoes one scholar’s warning: “We’re still fighting the Civil War, and the South is winning.” (Dir. by Frances Causey, 2017, USA, 91 mins., Not Rated)
A message from Director Frances Causey and Producer Sally Holst:
We are absolutely heartbroken for the African-American community that has been so disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 and now they must grieve the senseless, tragic death of Mr. George Floyd. Our support is behind the protesters all across the country who are making their voices heard in Mr. Floyd’s honor.
The Long Shadow provides much needed and critical background information about the institutional racist oppression and violence against African-Americans that has been perpetuated for 400 YEARS! How much more suffering can the African-American community endure?
In support of vital community discussion, we are making The Long Shadow available for FREE on this webpage so it can be used as a tool to engage in conversation with friends, family, and community. Ultimately and most importantly, we hope the film can be a catalyst for ACTION. WHITE PEOPLE MUST DEMAND CHANGE NOW!”
With love for all,
Frances and Sally