In this retelling of a pivotal episode in the civil rights movement, a grieving single mother (Danielle Deadwyler) decides to put her son’s battered body on display in an open casket and invites press photographers to his funeral.
Those gruesome images forced a nation to confront the brutal reality of white supremacist rule in the South. But Mamie’s goal was more immediate: pressure a Mississippi judge.
in bringing to trial the white murderers of a black child.
Mamie’s political awakening is fueled by unbearable loss and a burning sense of injustice, but this impressively nuanced film also delves into murkier themes.
Shortly after Emmett’s death, Mamie is visited by civil rights activists who know that her loss, if presented to the press in the right light, will help further their just cause.
It’s a grim but important movie. Since it was released on the two-year anniversary of the day the Confederate flags were flown inside the Capitol building, it’s also depressingly topical.
- Till, Cert 12A, In Theaters Now