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(Gil­lian Laub, U. S.). 87 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN On Jan­uary 29, 2011, in Mont­gomery County, Ge­or­gia, an el­derly white man shot and killed a young black man whom he dis­cov­ered in his home with his daugh­ter. As Gil­lian Laub re­veals in South­ern Rites, the case is a lot more com­plex than its sum­mary.

Mak­ing her first doc­u­men­tary, Laub (who’d first come to Mont­gomery County in 2009 to pho­to­graph its seg­re­gated proms for the New York Times Mag­a­zine) digs into the divides of south Ge­or­gia and finds con­tra­dic­tions ev­ery­where – just not the ones you might ex­pect.

That’s what makes this such a com­pelling ex­pe­ri­ence, and I wouldn’t dare re­veal any­thing fur­ther. NW Apr 29, 6: 45 pm, Hart House; Apr 30, 2 pm, TIFF 2; May 1, 7 pm, Fox; May 2, 9: 45 pm, TIFF 1

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