Prom Night in Mississippi

Director Paul Saltzman
Genre Documentary
Runtime 90 minutes
Supplier Return To Mississippi Productions Inc.
Festivals/Awards Top Ten Audience Favourite - Hot Docs Festival 2009
Release Date In theatres on October 9, 2009
DVD/Blu-ray available on May 11, 2009


In 1970, the town of Charleston, Mississippi, allowed black students into their white high school but refused to integrate the senior prom. Twenty-seven years later, Charleston resident and Academy Award®-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to finance the prom -- under the condition it be integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman made the offer again. This time the school board accepted and history was made. Prom Night in Mississippi traces the tumultuous events leading up to Charleston's first integrated prom through intimate conversations with students, families, faculty members and Freeman himself. As the film unfolds, we delve deeply into the heated race issues that tear apart this tiny community, and realize that this troubling segregation has less to do with the students than their parents. Ultimately, Prom Night in Mississippi captures a big moment in a small town, where hope finally blossoms in black, white and a whole lot of taffeta.

Top Ten Audience Favourite - Hot Docs Festival 2009

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Morgan Freeman

Press & Articles

“Teens wrestle with racism at Sundance Film Festival” - Los Angeles Times

“'Prom Night' briges racial divide ” - Sun Media

“Prom story is telling for what doesn't get said ” - The Globe and Mail

“Race, Love, Sex...and the Prom” - PopMatters

“Watch This Doc: 'Prom Night in Mississippi'” - O, The Oprah Magazine

Prom Night in Mississippi

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