Director Keith Beauchamp
E mmett Louis Till was born in 1941 and was brutally killed in 1955. He was only 14 years old. The African American kid was murdered in Mississippi, after he was accused of whistling at a white woman in her family's store.
T he murder was brutal. He was attacked and killed by a few white men. What made it even worse was the fact that they were acquitted. This unfair behavior from the court drew plenty of negative attention. Moreover, it underlined the necessity of stopping the persecution of African Americans. At that time, the USA was extremely racist. All in all, Emmett Till became an icon. He turned out to represent the fight for the Civil Rights Movement, even after he was dead.
W hile his story was often illustrated in culture through books, music or documentaries, nothing compares to Keith Beauchamp's version.
K eith Beauchamp took his time to create an interesting documentary. While Emmett Till's story was known all over the world, he took this whole venture to a new level. He managed to get in touch with relatives or witnesses and he obtained testimony that was never seen before. The film was created as a documentary and aims to underline the savage profile of the USA in terms of mentality back then. As a director, he did an amazing job.
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