Traveling While Black


Roger Ross Williams, the first African American director to win an Oscar, premiered his first virtual reality (VR) documentary, Traveling While Black, at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019, in which the viewer starts their travel in the 1950s and moves through time up until present-day police violence.

“The VR documentary was based on a 2010 play called The Green Book which put a spotlight on America during the time of the Jim Crow laws. The play was based on a real-life road trip survival handbook published in 1936 by the same name that gave travel tips to help African-Americans avoid racist and potentially life-threatening establishments along their journey. The VR documentary is set in one of those ‘safe establishments’ listed in the Green Book, Ben’s Chili Bowl, in Washington D.C.”

To learn more about the film, check out the full story in Forbes.