“If you want to know the true hidden history of the evil that slavery cast over America, and how it continues to this day, you must watch this movie.”
Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program
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About the Film
"Old sins cast long shadows"
Of all the divisions in America, none is as insidious and destructive as racism. In this powerful documentary, the filmmakers, both privileged daughters of the South, who were haunted by their families slave owning pasts, passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how America—guided by the South’s powerful political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.
"I thought I knew a lot about the history of racism in this country, but The Long Shadow offered me a whole new level of information and understanding of the subtleties. What a wonderful gift to all of us. Thank you from my heart."
"Combining an excellent selection of archival materials with new interviews, Causey presents an eloquent argument regarding a persistent flaw in America’s democratic dream... Recommended."
"Causey deserves real credit for reckoning not only with America’s legacy of slavery and prejudice, but also examining her own ancestors’ specific roles in the racist treatment of African Americans."
"Causey utilizes a goodly number of academics to give some context to history and some of them, particularly John Powell (an expert on the effects of slavery on American society), historian Jody Allen (somewhat incongruously interviewed on the serene campus of the College of William and Mary considering the subject) and historian Leon Litwack who won a Pulitzer Prize on the subject."
"The Long Shadow takes an uncompromising look at America’s original sin—slavery—and traces its history from the country’s founding to the racial divisions that still plague us in the present day."
"More than anything, The Long Shadow is an excellent educational resource. It should be mandatory viewing in every AP US History classroom and on the syllabus for every introductory history course. The film is especially perfect for student viewers: it uses individual stories to personalize history, enlists engaging experts, and utilizes stirring visuals to animate the past. This doc is a teacher’s dream."
"Written and directed by a white woman who was born and raised in the south, the film is a first hand look at the racial divide in our country."
"The film follows the politics of slavery and the dynamics of oppressing people of color using techniques developed and long used in the South."
"Justice delayed documentary...examining the continued discrimination against African-Americans in the U.S. from emancipation to the present."
“Every American needs to see this film.”
"If you want to know the true hidden history of the evil that slavery cast over America, and how it continues to this day, you must watch this movie."
"Tynesha Jointer of Chicago said the film, which explores how slavery became integral to U.S. history and development and how racism still underpins the nation, hit home.”
"Causey revisits her Southern roots and looks at the region’s powerful political influence and how it 'steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.'"
"This new documentary film summarizes, illustrates and connects one of the principal structural elements of American society."
"Causey is haunted by slavery’s legacy. She passionately seeks the hidden truth and the untold stories."
"A story from her family history that could be splattered on today’s front pages."
"Shadow is a gripping personalized history lesson...Her of-the-moment feature couldn’t be more necessary."
"An impressive meditation on slavery, directed by Berkeley’s Frances Causey."
"This year’s highlights include Frances Causey’s history of slavery and racism, The Long Shadow."
"A thoughtful reflection on our country’s legacy of slavery."
"This documentary makes a strong argument that black Americans have been and still are intentionally pushed down by the system."
"A must see for white people concerned about racial equity and social justice."