The words TRAVELING WHILE BLACK hover over an impressionistic landscape in shades of green. A green car is seen from the rear with a police officer in silhouette at the driver side door.
Traveling While Black
A virtual reality film that immerses the viewer in conversations about the history, and ongoing experience, of the restriction of movement for Black Americans.


General: $6.00


Fri, Aug 13, 2021 - Fri, Nov 12, 2021

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    • Saturday, Oct 30, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Sunday, Oct 31, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Thursday, Nov 4, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Friday, Nov 5, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Saturday, Nov 6, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Sunday, Nov 7, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Thursday, Nov 11, 2021, 12 - 7pm
    • Friday, Nov 12, 2021, 12 - 7pm

Event Details

Traveling While Black
Friday, August 13 through Friday, November 12 (no showings on Mondays or Tuesdays)
Every hour on the hour, 12 p.m. through 7 p.m. 
Richards Gallery at the Ferst Center for the Arts
Seating is limited - click the ticket link to check daily availability

UPDATE: we've been given the opportunity to add three more days to the run of this extraordinary film! Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, November 13-15.

In this 20-minute, 360-degree virtual reality experience, you will sit with African American visitors at the famed Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. as they share a moment of honest discussion, reflecting on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the U.S.

Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams’ finely crafted film highlights the urgent need to remember this past, build critical empathy, and facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today.

The stories told in Traveling While Black offer a multi-generational experience that can be shared by all. After the VR experience, participants will have the opportunity to gather in the lobby to reflect and respond. Please be aware that some of the stories shared include difficult images, language, and slurs experienced by the story tellers.

Participants will wear Oculus GO virtual reality headsets that will be cleaned and disinfected between each showing.

Not recommended for children under age 13.

Presented by Georgia Tech Arts in partnership with Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Traveling While Black is a Felix & Paul Studios production, distributed by PHI.



Ferst Center Lobby
Roger Ross Williams and the Traveling While Black Team

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About the Director

Roger Ross Williams is an award-winning director, producer, and writer and the first African American director to win an Academy Award ® with his short film Music By Prudence. Williams was recently named by Variety to the New York Power List as a 'digitally savvy, entrepreneurial trailblazer' in the entertainment industry.