Sembène Film Festival: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (U.S.)Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 7 p.m.
Join us for a screening of The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till presented by Sembène – The Film & Art Festival.
Money, Mississippi in the year 1955 — Emmett Louis Till, a fourteen-year-old black Chicago youth was slain.
In this documentary directed by Keith Beauchamp, a family’s agony is finally told revealing the truth surrounding the Till case by the people who were there.
Emmett Till, who was visiting family in the Delta, had the great misfortune of finding out what Southern Hospitality means when two white men, Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam decided to teach him a lesson for allegedly whistling at a white woman – Bryant’s wife. Abducted, severely beaten, and finally thrown into the Tallahatchie River with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, Emmett Till was murdered for one of the oldest forbidden taboos in America’s history, addressing a white woman in public.
The murderers were later arrested, but were acquitted in a court of law by an all-white, all male jury. Emmett did not die in vain. The death of Emmett Till sparked the black resistance of the South, soon to become the American Civil Rights Movement.
Sembène – The Film & Art Festival – is a group of scholars, activists and film aficionados. Our mission is to celebrate the life, showcase the work and honor the legacy of African Filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, through film and other complementary cultural events.
The Festival serves both as a vehicle and catalyst: to honor the life, work and legacy of Ousmane Sembene and to showcase film makers and other art/cultural events that speak, unflinchingly, to the important issues facing the modern African Diaspora.