The Long Shadow

The Film

The Long Shadow follows former CNN Senior Producer, TED contributor, and Emmy-Award winning Director Frances Causey as she traces her family’s legacy of white supremacy and privilege, investigating her own ancestor—a Founding Father whose critical role in the creation of American laws kept slavery and later the Black Codes and Jim Crow—a core element of American society for centuries to come.

Director Frances Causey and Producer Sally Holst passionately seek the hidden truth and the untold stories of how the United States of America—guided by the South’s powerful, racist political influence—steadily, deliberately and at times secretly, established white supremacy and privilege in our institutions, laws, culture and economy.

Our nation’s shameful past continues to impact every aspect of American life today but particularly in the African-American community which continues to pay a heavy price in their heroic struggle for equality.

Both brave and incredible… A must see, over and over again!

Yolanda Smith, Executive Director, NAACP Houston
Frances Causey interview

Host a Screening & Q&A

Congregations, community groups, colleges, nonprofits, and equity-driven corporations across the country are sharing The Long Shadow with their members and staff.

Host an online screening of the film including a live Zoom Q&A with Director Frances Causey

Every American needs to see this film.

Brian Edwards Tiekert, KPFA Radio

Message from the Filmmakers

We are absolutely heartbroken for the African-American community that has been so disproportionately devastated by COVID-19, all the while grieving a seemingly endless list of tragic and untimely deaths at the hands of police. Our support is behind the protesters all across the country who are making their voices heard in honor of those who have been lost.

The Long Shadow provides much-needed and critical background information about the institutional racist oppression and violence against African-Americans that has been perpetuated for more than 400 years.

We hope the film can be a catalyst for action and for white people to demand change now!

With Love For All,
Frances Causey, Director
Sally Holst, Producer


In the press