On the heels of police brutality and the anger raging in America, there is a documentary coming to a theater near you that promises to reveal the truth “they don’t want you to hear about white people.”
The documentary entitled “Spanish Lake” will focus on what filmmaker Philip Morton describes as “white flight,” the migration of whites due to the influx of minority residents. Morton, who also directs the film, muse over the changes that occurred in his hometown Spanish Lake, Missouri, an unincorporated city made up of primarily middle to lower class—at that time—white families.
According to the film’s site, “the themes of the film parallel America’s political divide, underlying racism and rise of anti-government sentiment.” The documentary, which has been years in the making, includes interviews from past and current residents of Spanish Lake as well as a pioneering U.S. Supreme Court case from 1971, spearheaded by then Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, George Romney.
During the one-minute and 45-seconds long trailer you can feel the tension between the whites and increasing number of Black residents. Twenty seconds into the trailer, a white middle-age man discusses a well-known cliché in Spanish Lake: “I don’t have a problem with Black people its Niggers.”
The film continues to shed light on the blatant racism with a white middle-age woman candidly saying, “The neighbors started out making a promise that you wouldn’t sell to any Blacks, but then they started selling to them.”
Currently, Morton is on a tour screening the film in different cities across America. The next screening is in Dallas on Aug. 28. Most recently, a local theater in St. Louis County has discontinued plans for an upcoming screening due to the recent developments surrounding Ferguson, which is roughly 15 minutes away, and the death of Mike Brown.
Check out the trailer below.