In “The Changing Same”, we follow four residents of modern-day Marianna, Florida, as they reflect on the legacy of racial terror in their town. One of the residents, Lamar Wilson, runs a very particular marathon every year to commemorate the lynching of Claude Neal.
On October 26, 1934, Claude Neal was brutally lynched by a mob of white men who stormed the county jail where Neal was held after being accused of the murder of a 20-year-old white woman, Lola Cannady. The spectacle lynching was the worst act of torture and execution of 20th century America, yet there are no physical markers to remind us of the brutal history. In an attempt to lift the veil of terror Lamar retraces the route Claude Neal took on that fateful night, in hopes to heal a community that has paid a price for the silence and denial.
Directed by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson (USA)