DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till, premiering at the Pan African Film Festival next month, is directed by Aravind Ragupathi and Rob Underhill, the latter also wrote the screenplay based on a playwright by Mike Wiley.
Wiley stars in the tragic title role of Emmett Till, the 14-year old teen from Chicago who was bludgeoned to his death for whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955.
Here’s the full synopsis:
Days after stepping off the train, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy’s mutilated body is found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine interviews the townsfolk of Money to get at the root of what happened. The two men acquitted for the boy’s murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J. W. Milam, agree to sit down with Mr. Huie to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now… A masterful acting tour de force by Mike Wiley who convincingly plays all of the characters in this tragic tale, transports us back to this historic drama that became a lightning rod for moral outrage and pivotal in inspiring a whole generation of young people to commit to social change in the 1950s.
Here’s the trailer.