TORONTO - As a black president gets set to take up residence in the White House, a Canadian documentary maker is heading to the Sundance Film Festival with a portrait of a racially torn Mississippi community.
Paul Saltzman's "Prom Night in Mississippi" shines a light on a high school in the deep South where racism has been so ingrained that separate proms are held for black and white students.
"I was blown away, I thought: 'Really? In 2008?"' says Saltzman, whose film debuts at Sundance this weekend.
At Charleston High School, black and white kids share classes, sports, friends and even fall in love, but when it comes to their final formal, they divide along racial lines to celebrate amongst their own.
It was such a staggering fact that a little over 10 years ago, movie star and former resident Morgan Freeman offered to pay for all the arrangements if the school would int
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