Traveling While Black

Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah, Felix Lajeunesse

Explore the often horrendous circumstances under which black Americans travelled at the time of racial segregation. This VR documentary immerses the viewer in the lives of many African Americans that were subjected to restrictions for long periods of time. Impressive experience full of inspiring stories about discrimination, resilience and courage.

The VR documentary is mainly set in and around Ben’s Chili Bowl, an important meeting point for the local black community in Washington D.C., ever since the restaurant opened its doors back in 1958. Viewers are whisked away to historical sites and meet different people. Original inhabitants and their offspring who still live in the vibrant District of Columbia share their stories and reminisce over the restricted freedom of movement and race relations in the United States at the time. Director Roger Ross Williams takes us on a guided tour through the United States as they existed not that long ago.

If you aren't able to see Traveling While Black at the Movies that Matter Festival, this VR film will also be shown from 4 to 14 April in the Xtended-programme of Eye.


Roger Ross Williams, Ayesha Nadarajah, Felix Lajeunesse
Country of production
United States, Canada
Documentary, Virtual Reality
20 minutes
Spoken language
World Sales
Centre Phi