Found out about this documentary which I assumed was a period film since its topic is the first racially integrated prom in Charleston, Mississippi. I was shocked to find out that it took place ONLY in 2008!
The school had separate, segregated, proms for black students and white students, despite Mississippi fully integrating their schools in 1970. In 1997, Morgan Freeman (a resident of Charleston since 1991) approached the school and offered to pay for the prom, provided it be racially integrated. The school declined Freeman's offer. In 2007 Freeman offered again, and the school agreed to move forward with an integrated prom.
Director Paul Saltzman follows a group of students, both black and white, over four months as they prepare for their senior prom. The students discuss segregation in Charleston and how they feel about it. The prom is successful despite some parents' forbidding their children to attend the integrated prom.
Prom Night in Mississippi was shown on HBO in July 2009
Release to theaters was on December 11, 2009.
>>Video interview with director Paul Saltzman