Friday, October 15, 2010

Doctober: Civil Rights Doc Neshoba Opens Sunday at Belcourt

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 4:19 PM

As part of its "Doctober" series, The Belcourt will show Neshoba: The Price of Freedom Oct. 17-18, with a panel discussion following Sunday's 7 p.m. screening. Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano's documentary focuses on the notorious 1964 murders of three civil rights workers during the Freedom Summer campaign in Neshoba Country, Miss., and the outcome 40 years later. From The Belcourt's website:

In 1964, a mob of Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers in the small Mississippi county of Neshoba, a crime that came to be known as the "Mississippi Burning" murders. Although the Klansmen bragged about what they did, no one was held accountable for murder until 2005, when the State indicted the mastermind of the killings, 80-year-old Baptist preacher Edgar Ray Killen. Neshoba tells the story of these three American heroes and the Mississippi County still divided over the meaning of justice 40 years after their murders, an unflinching look at ordinary citizens struggling to find peace with their town's violent, racist past in today's America.

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