The Long Shadow plays with short film Here I'll Stay.
The Long Shadow: Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and tenacious as racism. In this powerful documentary, journalist Frances Causey and producer Sally Holst investigate the roots of our current racial conflicts. As privileged daughters of the South, raised with a romanticized vision of America’s past, Causey and Holst are haunted by slavery’s legacy. They 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—these filmmakers movingly personalize 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.”
Here I'll Stay: In Jackson, Mississippi, a coalition of Latino, black, and white activists known as MIRA (Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance) confronts local lawmakers, who introduced 12 anti-immigrant bills into the state legislature in 2017. Among those protesting in the state's capital: 13-year-old Yizel, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.
The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, culminating in the annual five day festival.