A Thousand Midnights: A Short Film Examines the Legacy of the Great Migration

2015 marks the centennial of the beginning of the Great Migration, when six million African Americans relocated from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest, and West from 1915 to 1970. This short film by Carlos Javier Ortiz explores how the event created what we now consider the modern American city, particularly Chicago. Ortiz has crafted an artfully made reflection of the hope that once was very much alive for African Americans leaving the South, juxtaposed with today’s harsh economic and social realities. This film was supported by the journalism nonprofit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.