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Always In Season


Claudia Lacy wants answers. When her 17-year-old son, Lennon, was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina, the authorities quickly ruled his death a suicide. In light of suspicious details surrounding his death, and certain that her son would not take his own life, Claudia is convinced Lennon was lynched.
Director Jacqueline Olive’s unwavering debut film puts Lacy’s pursuit for justice into a wider historical context, inspiring a powerful discussion about lynching across racial lines. Appalling accounts of lynchings carried out at the beginning of the twentieth century provide a necessary historical framework, while an annual lynching reenactment in Monroe, Georgia offers harrowing insight into the enduring legacy of racial violence in America. Olive’s film honors and acknowledges the injustices that have been inflicted, while also hinting at the promising first steps of a nation trying to reconcile. Narrated by Danny Glover and featuring Osei Essed’s haunting score, Always in Season is a forceful, unforgettable investigative documentary that shatters the notion that racism is a thing of the past. (Dir. by Jacqueline Olive, 2019, USA, 89 mins., Not Rated)

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