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VR Documentary 'Traveling While Black'  Debuts at Sundance

Traveling across America has historically been a dangerous feat for African Americans. Over-policing and discriminatory policies have made road trips a struggle for Black people nationwide. Today, the Sundance Film Festival is premiering a virtual reality documentary that gives viewers an in-depth look at what life was like for black travelers during segregation. “Traveling While Black” places audiences in Washington, D.C.’s historic Ben’s Chili Bowl. Directed by Academy Award-winner Roger Ross Williams, the project was created in collaboration with The New York Times Op-Docs. Ben’s Chili Bowl is well known for serving celebrity patrons throughout its years and is a staple in D.C., but part of its legacy lies within The Negro Motorist Green Book. Named after its author, Victor Green, the Green Book as it is commonly known, was a guide that provided a list of restaurants, hotels and other locations that served African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. One of those landmarks is the...

Jan 26, 2019