Six suicides, one sexual predator and a town that won’t talk about It. What Haunts Us is a new, award-winning documentary from filmmaker Paige Goldberg Tolmach. She joined us to share more about the film.
The 1979 class of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina graduated 49 boys. Within the last 35 years, six of them died by suicide. When Paige hears about the suicide of yet another former schoolmate, she begins to take a deeper look at the past and starts to ask questions that almost no one in Charleston wants to answer. As she digs deeper, she begins to hear the awful truth about a beloved teacher who methodically manipulated and molested many of his students for years. It becomes her obsession to understand how it could have happened in plain view and, as it turns out, with the knowledge of the school.
What Haunts Us becomes a story about our obligation to speak up and protect those who can't protect themselves. It's a story about how silence is complicity and about finding the courage to unearth what lies below the surface in order to shine a light on the truth of our own past.
The documentary premiere May 11th in theaters and on May 14th at 9:00pm on STARZ. For more information, visit the film website.