40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967-69. In 2005, the Black alumni received an invitation to their class reunion—for the first time in 40 years. By interspersing separate group discussions among black and white alumni with a dialogue between both groups, the film provides a moving story of the impact of desegregation, then and now. 40 Years Later raises questions essential to interracial dialogue and renews a commitment to addressing ongoing racial segregation today. Directed by Markie Hancock of Hancock Productions, the film was executive produced by Lee Anne Bell, Barnard’s Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education, with major funding from W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Faculty members Kim Hall and Monica Miller served as consultants and Renee Slajda ’13 was a member of the film crew.
A panel and reception will follow the screening.