An intriguing documentary will air tonight at 9 on KCET, the public television station in Los Angeles.
“Banished” tells the story of three American towns that expelled their black citizens several generations ago, stealing their land.
These towns remain all-white.
The trailer for “Banished” is embedded below, as well as an interview with filmmaker Marco Williams.
“Banished” will be shown on public television stations across the country; check your local schedules for date and time. (It will air on Washington’s WETA next Wednesday night, February 27. In New York City, it airs tomorrow night at 10 on WNET.)
UPDATE (02/22/08): Now that I’ve seen “Banished,” I doubly encourage you all to watch it (if it hasn’t already aired in your city). This is a very good documentary, but it would be better without the filmmaker’s heavy-handed reparationist agenda.
Particularly interesting were the psychological defenses of the white townsfolk Marco Williams talked to... a spectrum of denial, discomfort, shame and resentment.