Filmmaker's Name: Ashley Brim
Film Title: An Act of Terror
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
An Act of Terror is a short film based on the true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl who was accused of murdering the white woman she worked for in Hampton, Virginia in 1912. The film is about sacrifice, injustice, and having a voice.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
I encountered Virginia Christian's story around the same time #sayhername and #findourgirls were trending on social media. Sandra Bland. Tarika Wilson. Korryn Gaines. Name by name my eyes were opened to the violent oppression and silencing of black women in my country. History repeats itself because stories like Virginia Christian's disappear. Through An Act of Terror, I hope we're able to more closely examine America's failure to address its legacy of racial inequality and the centuries of racial terror that legacy has wrought. Until we find the courage to do so, we are bound to the ugly history we have inherited and the lies we've told ourselves to live with it.
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
We spent two days filming in a turn of the century jail in Chester, South Carolina where, we’re told, a ghost named Bill helped operate the jail cell doors.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
We want to share Virginia Christian's story at as many festivals as will have us but especially at festivals in the South where, we feel, the most meaningful conversations about our shared history of racial terror are being had.