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Directed by Travis Wilkerson

United States 2018 90 mins. In English

“An audacious meditation on conscience and responsibility, on race in the American South, as well as a highly personal exhumation of family secrets that may include a double murder. Wilkerson begins with a scene from To Kill a Mockingbird, but reminds us that Harper Lee’s story was fiction, ‘whereas mine is true. . . . In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.’ His movie is a detective story with important roles played by the filmmaker’s aunt (a Southern secessionist), by a 31-year-old local activist named Rosa Parks, by the rap song “Hell You Talmbout” by Janelle Monáe, and by the still-resonant words of a Phil Ochs song that memorializes white activist William Moore.”—Film Forum.

Filmography: Machine Gun or Typewriter? (2015), Far from Afghanistan (2012), Who Killed Cock Robin? (2005)

Reviews: Cinema Scope, The New Yorker, Artforum, Criterion Daily

Interviews: Little White Lies



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