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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PM Press
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 1604860111
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jena, LA —In a small town in Louisiana, six families are fighting for their sons' lives.
Two nooses are left as a warning to black students trying to integrate their playground, fights break out across town, a white man pulls a shotgun on black students, someone burns down most of the school, the DA puts six black students on trial for attempted murder, and the quiet town of Jena becomes the site of the largest civil rights demonstration in the South since the 1960s.
The Jena 6 is the story of hidden racial inequality and violence becoming visible. It is a powerful symbol for, and example of, how racial justice works in America—where the lynching noose has been replaced by the DA's pen.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Gibbons on May 7, 2008
The story of the Jena 6 has inspired some of the largest marches against racism and an unjust legal system since the 1960's, there has been an extraordinary outpouring of support and coverage of the issues it has raised. 6 highschool students of 16 locked in jail and looking at life sentences for a schoolyard fight. It is hardly believable.

It all started with two nooses left hanging in a playground tree as a warning to black students to keep their place and stop trying to integrate their Louisiana playground. Racial tensions rose. A white youth was given a black eye and sent to the hospital, he was released only a short time after but the 6 teens were arrested and tried as adults for conspiracy to commit murder and felony assault and battery.

The principal thing about this thoughtful documentary is that it succeeds in documenting so much as it is happening. It shows footage of the first protests with the handful of protesters in front of the courthouse. It shows interviews with Jena residents, white and black, before the case had exploded. It shows the early meetings with the ACLU. And then it shows how the cause took on a life of its own and grew into marches and protests involving thousands of people. There will surely be better and more in-depth works to come on this case that highlight the extreme racism and violence still alive in this country, but none will be able to capture the immediacy of this one, showing you the drama even as it played out.
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