The award-winning documentary film 100 Years From Mississippi will be available to public television viewers in the New York City tri-state area.
Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. She was seven years old and her family was forced to flee in darkness from a growing mob of men determined to lynch her father and his friend. Mamie’s family escaped, but her father’s friend, John Hartfield, did not. He suffered one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.
Mamie vowed to never return to Mississippi. But after 100 years, Mamie’s youngest child, the filmmaker Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, takes his mother back to Ellisville to tell her story, honor those who succumbed to the terror of racial violence, and give testimony to the courage and hope epitomized by many of her generation. The documentary 100 Years from Mississippi profiles the life of Mamie Lang Kirkland, who left Mississippi at age seven to escape racial violence and returned a century later. In the film, Mamie tells the story of her journey four years later, at age 111.
Winner for Best Documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival in 2021 and an award winner at many other film festivals, the documentary airs on THIRTEEN on Thursday, September 22 at 9:59 p.m.and Sunday, September 25 at 6:59 p.m. (see Schedule). Learn more about Mamie Lang Kirkland and the film on its official site.