AN OUTRAGE: A documentary film about lynching in the American South

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) will host a screening of AN OUTRAGE: A documentary film about lynching in the American South.  


An Outrage premiered by invitation at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, March 2017, as part of the History Film Forum, an event co-sponsored by the Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities to feature new directions in history cinema.  In April 2017, at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC, An Outrage earned the Audience Award, marking it as the favorite among more than 80 films in competition.  An Outrage has also received the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in Vermont, in August 2017.  Currently on a 20-state tour of universities, museums, and film festivals across the country, the CSRD invites you to join us for this special event.


An Outrage was filmed at lynching sites in six states – Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia – with descendants of victims, community activists and historians. The film highlights the oft-hidden history of lynching and its resonance today. Jonathan Holloway, dean of Yale College and an historian of the Jim Crow era, notes in the film, “I promise you, once you start taking in the ‘unofficial histories,’ the official history doesn’t look quite so accurate anymore.” The film is directed, edited and produced by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, co-directors of Field Studio who seek to make the film a hub for action. “Our principal goal,” notes Warren, “is to spur needed conversations that lead to real change, so the film conveys powerful stories and vital history in short form.”


An Outrage includes interviews filmed in an artistic style uncommon for historical documentaries. The interviews include Holloway; two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson (author of The Warmth of Other Suns); Mia Bay, Rutgers University historian and Ida B. Wells biographer; and Yohuru Williams, historian and Fairfield University Dean of Arts and Sciences.


Due to limited seating, registration is required. 



For more info and to view:


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:15pm to 1:45pm

LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall 2315 Red River Street, SRH 3, Austin, TX 78712

Event Type

World & Culture, Diversity & Social Justice


LBJ School of Public Affairs

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public


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