Doc ‘100 Years From Mississippi’ Due for Digital Sale and on VOD Feb. 1 From Virgil

The documentary 100 Years From Mississippi will be released on VOD and for digital purchase Feb. 1 from Virgil Films.

The film chronicles the experiences of Mamie Lang Kirkland, who was 7 years old when she fled Ellisville, Miss., in 1915 with her mother and siblings as her father and his friend John Hartfield escaped an approaching lynch mob. Hartfield returned to Mississippi in 1919 and was killed in one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.

Mamie’s son Tarabu had grown up hearing stories of Hartfield but didn’t know if his mother’s stories were fact or folklore until one day in 2015 when he discovered an article describing Hartfield’s murder before a crowd of 10,000 spectators.

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Mamie had vowed for a century that she would never return to Mississippi. Yet with Tarabu’s remarkable find, he urged his mother to finally confront her childhood trauma by returning to Ellisville. Mamie was 107 when they began the journey to connect her story to the larger impact of America’s legacy of racial violence, which echoes today from Ferguson to New York, Atlanta to Los Angeles. Like many of the 6 million African-Americans who left the Deep South, Mamie’s story is a testament to the courage and hope of her generation. Her indomitable will and contagious joy of living come through as she tells her story 111 years later. 

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