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Who is Keith Beauchamp?
Keith A. Beauchamp has researched the Till case for over 8 years. During his monumental journey, he was able to work closely with the mother of Emmett Till, Mrs. Mamie Till-Mobley to finally get her son's tragic story told. By using his expertise, Mr. Beauchamp was fortunate to find and hold exclusive interviews with eye witnesses of the Till case that will change the face of his-story.
THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL
Producer/Director, Keith A. Beauchamp
It's the 50th Anniversary of Emmett Louis Till's death a fourteen-year-old black Chicago youth who was slain in Money, Mississippi in 1955.
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.
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.
- Freedom of Expression Award, National Board of Review, USA
- Emmy Award Nomination
- Best Documentary, Golden Trailer Awards
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North American Distribution:
Picked up by THINKFilm in 2005, this history making movie rolled like thunder across the US opening in theatres nationwide. The DVD was later released in 2006.
NEW YORK TIMES, Stephen Holden
Keith A. Beauchamp's lean, harrowing inquisition into a murder that catalyzed the civil rights movement, is an incendiary documentary.
VILLAGE VOICE, Joshua Land
A triumph of documentary activism nine years in the making, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till revisits Till's death and the trial and acquittal of the two men, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who later confessed to the crime in a magazine interview (both have since died).
CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Robert K. Elder
Beauchamp must be applauded for not only for his investigative daring but also his unflinching courage. At least one of his witnesses preferred to be interviewed in shadow, to protect her identity.
R. Alexander Acosta, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division said Monday that officials will reopen the Emmett Till's race-motivated murder following a long campaign by the NAACP, members of Congress and Mobley, who died in Chicago last year at age 81.
Keith A. Beauchamp, found evidence after examining the case for nine years for "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till." He believes as many as seven additional people may have been involved, many of them still alive.
DETROIT FREE PRESS, Rochelle Riley
Beauchamp began researching "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till" seven years ago, working with Emmett's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, until her death this year.
It took three years for him to persuade Simeon Wright to talk. But Wright later introduced him to brothers John and Roosevelt Crawford. The latter, who recently retired from General Motors in Detroit, said it was about time. "It's been 47 years, and nobody ever tried to contact me or get in touch with me, not the NAACP, not the civil rights groups."