The sound of a ticking clock, counting down the seconds to a new year on Dec. 31, 2020, will be laced with feelings of relief, exhaustion, trepidation, anxiety and hope.
It’s only human nature to crave a clean slate going into 2021 because of the hurt so many endured in 2020. Birmingham-based production team 1504 released a chilling documentary to remind Americans that forgetfulness would be a mistake.
“It’s certainly my tendency — and maybe our natural human tendency — to want to rush forward and put this year behind us,” said Tyler Jones, the film’s director, in an interview with NPR. “But that may do a disservice, I think, to our memories and those who went before us.”
For The Sake Of Old Times features a group of Black singers in Alabama performing “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish ballad and traditional anthem to ring in new years. The video begins with the voice of a young Black man, Jaxon Moore.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot/And never brought to mind?”
The short film in comprised of historical moments from 2020: the removal of a Confederate monument in Downtown Birmingham, a protest in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a drive-thru COVID testing sight that we’ve all come to know well.
The short film is now streaming on Youtube, and you can read more about the process of filming here.
In 2020, Reckon looked into the relationship and history between the Confederacy and Southern colleges and universities. Check out the first story in the series here.