Tens of thousands of men, women, and children attended the lynchings of more than 4,000 African Americans that often included hours of torture, mutilation and photography. With advertisements, notes from parents excusing their children from school to attend, and excursion trains reserved for out-of-towners, lynchings were at times highly organized public spectacles. This form of racial violence occurred in every state across the U.S. but four, and for reasons as arbitrary as sheer boredom. Lynching was akin to the sport of hunting, and blacks were “always in season.”
Our multiplatform project, Always in Season, ties the facts of this recent history to the present with a documentary feature film that encourages viewers to consider where their own family stories intersect with this difficult chapter in American history.
With the intimate stories of relatives of lynching victims and spectators, along with the collection of photographs and postcards of the victims called Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America— Always in Season shows how this racial violence still effects Americans and follows the efforts of descendants who are turning harm to hope with creative steps towards reconciliation and restorative justice.
Always in Season is currently in development, and you can learn more about how uncovering the denial and misinformation about lynching can help fight racism and hate today by visiting http://www.tellitmedia.org/films.