A orange tinted collage of images from the documentary. Primary image is an older Black woman wearing red looking off into the distance. Image in the background is of a younger black women looking somberly in the other direction.

Film Screenings

Screening and Q&A—100 Years from Mississippi

About the Event

$16 General Admission / FREE for Members

Please note there are two screening dates:

Saturday, September 11 | 2 - 3:30pm (PDT)

Sunday, September 12 | 2 - 3:30pm (PDT)

100 Years From Mississippi is a true story of resilience, forgiveness, memory, and hope.

Join the film’s writer and director Tarabu Betserai Kirkland and associate producer Barry Shabaka Henley for a Q&A following a screening of this new documentary.

About the Film:

Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. 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—until now. After one hundred years, Mamie’s youngest child, 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. 

This program is a presentation of JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.

Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 - Sunday, Sep 12, 2021

Tateuchi Democracy Forum

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

A ticket to this event grants you complimentary access to the Japanese American National Museum on the day of your screening.

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$16 General Admission / FREE for Members

Please note there are two screening dates:

Saturday, September 11 | 2 - 3:30pm (PDT)

Sunday, September 12 | 2 - 3:30pm (PDT)

100 Years From Mississippi is a true story of resilience, forgiveness, memory, and hope.

Join the film’s writer and director Tarabu Betserai Kirkland and associate producer Barry Shabaka Henley for a Q&A following a screening of this new documentary.

About the Film:

Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. 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—until now. After one hundred years, Mamie’s youngest child, 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. 

This program is a presentation of JANM’s National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.

A ticket to this event grants you complimentary access to the Japanese American National Museum on the day of your screening.

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