“Always in Season” asks a startling question: Could it be that lynching, one act we thought was safely relegated to the pre-Civil Rights Movement era, is actually still practiced as a form of racial terrorism today?
Jacqueline Olive’s “Always in Season” doesn’t provide a conclusive answer but certainly raises enough suspicion to trouble the mind.
Focusing on a recent instance — and not a unique one — in which a young African-American man’s death was hastily pronounced a suicide, despite family doubts and questionable circumstances, the film offers an engrossing mix of history, investigation, and activism.
One morning in August 2014, 18-year-old high school student Lennon Lee Lacy from Bladenboro, North Carolina, was found hanging from a swing set.
His friends and family were incredulous, believing he had plenty to live for and had shown no signs of suicidal despair.
Older brother Pierre said the way the body was found — in the center of a mobile-home park (which Lennon often visited but didn’t live in) “looked like a display … a message.”
It’s not until late in film that we learn something possibly crucial: Lennon was romantically involved with a white woman almost twice his age, and among those who disapproved was a drug-dealing white trailer-park resident —who happens to be related to a local police officer.
“Always in Season” is screening at the Sundance Film Festival.
Read the story at Variety.
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