Running time 1h 19m | Directed by Jacqueline Olive | USA | Documentary, history
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Saturday, October 19
4:30 — Screening + talkback
Sunday, October 20
3:00 — Screening + Director Q & A
Monday, October 21
Wednesday, October 23
Graphic death images; verbal descriptions of hangings and mutiliations, lynching reenactment
Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency
—> A discussion led by Juanita Anderson, head of Media Arts and Studies in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, and Ariel Seay, a Ph.D. student specializing in memory and the rhetoric of lynching and slavery, will take place after the 4:30 p.m. screening on Saturday, October 19.
—> On Sunday, October 20, director Jacqueline Olive will be at Cinema Detroit in person for a Q & A following the 3:00 p.m. show.
Always in Season explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. The film centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina, on August 29, 2014. Despite inconsistencies in the case, local officials quickly ruled Lennon’s death a suicide, but his mother, Claudia, believes Lennon was lynched. Claudia moves from paralyzing grief to leading the fight for justice for her son.
As the film unfolds, Lennon’s case, and the suspicions surrounding it, intersect with stories of other communities seeking justice and reconciliation. A few hundred miles away in Monroe, Georgia, a diverse group of reenactors, including the adult daughter of a former Ku Klux Klan leader, annually dramatize a 1946 quadruple lynching to ensure the victims are never forgotten and encourage the community to come forward with information that might bring the perpetrators to justice. As the terrorism of the past bleeds into the present, the film asks: what will it take for Americans to begin building a national movement for racial justice and reconciliation?
An unflinching look at how the racial sins of the past flow through the arteries of the present day.
Odie Henderson | RogerEbert.com | Full review
Always in Season makes a powerful case that the history of lynching in the American South is not just history — that murders still haunt the present-day sites where they occurred, and that such killings can and do happen today.
Ben Kenigsberg | New York Times | Full review
The questionable death of a North Carolina African American teenager is framed in the greater context of the America’s not-so-distant lynching past in Jacqueline Olive’s rightfully disturbing documentary Always in Season.
Michael Rechtshaffen | Los Angeles Times | Full review