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[Till, Emmett] The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

This film that helped reopen one of history's most notorious cold case civil rights murders, is the result of the director's 10-year journey to uncover the truth. In August, 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that only 8 days later, Emmett would be abducted from his Great-Uncle's home, brutally beaten and murdered for one of the oldest Southern taboos : whistling at a white woman in public. It was Beauchamp's nine years of investigation, summarized in the film, that was primarily responsible for the reopening of the case by the Justice Department. 2005. 70 min.
Reviews and articles:
Awards National Board of Review, USA - Freedom of Expression Award Campbell, Christopher. "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005): A Film by Keith Beauchamp." Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 172-174, Summer 2008 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Segall, Rebecca; Holmberg, David. "Who Killed Emmett Till?" Nation; 2/3/2003, Vol. 276 Issue 4, p37-40, 4p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Wagner, Terry. "America's Civil Rights Revolution: Three Documentaries about Emmett Till's Murder in Mississippi (1955)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; Jun2010, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p187-201, 15p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only