The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
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- Commentary by Director Keith Beauchamp
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I do not remember when I first heard of Emmett Till, but the story of the black teenager who was killed by white men in Mississippi for the crime of whistling at a white woman was a pivotal event in energizing the Civil Rights Movement and I have known about it for a long time. However, I never saw a photograph of Emmett Till's body until I was at the Seattle Art Museum looking at an exhibit having to deal with depictions of race and gender in art, and there was a small photograph of Till's body on display at his funeral. The photograph was too small to tell any details, but you were struck by the swollen and misshaped head. It did not look human, but then to Milam and Bryant, Emmett Till was never a human being.
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This is a must-see film, it is always a good idea to see history so we do not forget what "civilized" man is capable of. This unfortunate young man's death sparked the Civil Rights Movement. It hurts me to know what others can do to each other. See this film for yourself. Thank you.
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till is the best documentary every produced about the Emmett Till case. What makes this documentary unique is the first person interviews Beauchamp scored for the film. These never before seen interviews in conjunction with archive footage paint a picture of the events surrounding Till's murder and the case afterwards that has never been seen. The interviews with Mamie Till-Mobley are excellent. She remembers with so much detail the events leading up to Emmett's murder and the struggle that she went through after the muder and during the trial. The film also includes interview footage of the brother of Medgar Evars, Emmett's cousins, Reverend Al Sharpton and more. It's a great film and it's captivating. The DVD includes a directors commentary and a featurette titled "The Impact of the Emmett Till Case in American History and Today." This film is so special it should be used in ever Black American Studies program and every African-American family should own a copy of this film. Many people feel like lynching and racism are far in the past, but watching this film will make people realize that what happened 51 years ago is an important part of not only African-American history but American history.
I have had the great pleasure of hearing Mr. Beauchamp speak about his documentary, and I can truly say that he put a great deal of work and effort into it. The documentary is not told with narration, as instead Mr. Beauchamp uses interviews with eyewitnesses, family members, and historians to tell the story. The documentary provides a concise view of the murder with the first-hand accounts, and while it does not bombard the viewer with biases or Mr. Beauchamp's personal views, it does evoke a clear message about racism back then as well as today, due to the lessons that can be learned. Mr. Beauchamp's thoughtful documentary serves as a brilliant reminder of the consequences that feelings of racism and hate can bring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tough to watch this true story of atrocities on America's black childrenPublished 12 days ago by G. Freitas
Hearing Mamie Till tell the story is heart wrenching. Hearing from his cousins who were also there at the time of the murder is riveting. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alyssa Shepherd Moore
I wasn't born when Emmett Louis Till was killed. I couldn't believe how some people could harm a kid this way! This story disturbed my heart all the way to the depth of my soul. Read morePublished 1 month ago by F. K. Wright
Very informative documentary of the late Emmett Till extremely hard to watch truly saddens me to treat people so inhumane just because the color of our skin. Read morePublished 3 months ago by anu shaheed
Very informative. I watched it with my family, wife and 3kids ages 16, 15, and 7. U may not want your 7yr old to watch this but I don't curtail our history from minePublished 5 months ago by TheRadical
I just cry when I watch this movie!!! "BoBo" did NOTHING to deserve to deserve this outrageous murder!!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tasha Rhodes
Very educational. Great to learn and speak about events from this movie.Published 10 months ago by Let me tk ur pic