THINKFILM PRESS RELEASE: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    On behalf of THINKFilm Home Entertainment, Special Ops is proud to announce the DVD release of THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL on February 28th, 2006.

    THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL is a documentary investigating the murder and subsequent injustice surrounding Emmett Louis Till’s death. Many consider this case to be the true catalyst for the American Civil Rights Movement.

    In August 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, 14-year old Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that 8 days later, Emmett would be abducted from his Great-Uncle’s home, brutally beaten and murdered for one of the oldest Southern taboos: addressing a white woman in public. The murderers were soon arrested but later acquitted of murder by an all-white, all-male jury. However, Emmett did not die in vain. His horrific, senseless death sparked national media attention when his mother insisted on having an open casket funeral. Her decision was controversial but her reason was simple: “I want the world to see what they did to my son.” Till’s death sparked the Black Resistance of the South which later became known as the American Civil Rights Movement. Scholars and historians have studied the murder of Emmett Till ever since, and the case has even made its way through African-American folklore. Even after five decades, people continue to be fascinated and troubled by the murder of Till. Many books have been written revealing the incongruous facts surrounding the influential case and controversial jury decision.

    But…the true story had never been revealed.

    Filmmaker Keith Beauchamp has produced a documentary unfolding a drama that has haunted society for the last 50 years. He reveals the end product of nine years of research and investigation, hoping to finally bringing justice to a family and a nation’s agony. The true story is being told for the first time, redefining the way we think and feel about the American Civil Rights Movement.

    Unlike any other work produced on the Till case, THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL reveals unprecedented accounts by first-hand eyewitnesses, many of whom are speaking out for the first time. This documentary is an historical and investigative journey aimed to inform and educate all walks of life.

    On May 10, 2004, the United States Justice Department reopened the investigation into the murder of Emmett Louis Till, citing Beauchamp’s film as the main impetus and starting point for their investigation.
     
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    Ron,

    Do you know if this was aired on PBS?
    I viewed a Frontline program just a few years ago which was well documented. Thank you for the information about this documentary coming to DVD soon.
     
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    Tim,

    Thanks for the correction info. That was the program on PBS.
     
  5. Nkosi

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    Saw the movie last year at a NYC film festival. A moving and important film. I highly recommend buying the DVD.
     

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