Gillian Laub's Southern Rites gets beyond black and white
Filmmaker Gillian Laub set out to make a film about the first integrated prom in a small Georgia town, where it seemed racial tensions were beginning to loosen their grip — but that narrative took an abrupt turn with the shooting death of an unarmed 22-year-old black man.
Laub joins Shad to discuss the resulting film, Southern Rites, a complex and timely examination of fragile race relations in the south. The photojournalist-turned-documentarian believes the story illuminates an American crisis.
"There are no easy villains or martyrs in this situation," says Laub.