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"Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?" is at its sharpest and most necessary when Wilkerson interrogates his personal connection to the past.
It's hard to shake the idea that the 'live documentary' approach isn't a little more satisfying for this material, but it's impossible to deny the power of much of what's on display here.
For someone so gloomily aware of his own privilege, Wilkerson spends a lot of the film playing dumb and speculating-a writer's trick for giving shape to a piece with a thesis and no conclusion.
Through this personal journey, Wilkerson accesses America's heart of darkness.
"Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?" is a passionately political film, aflame with rage in spite of its director's measured, ruminative tone of voice. It is also a horror movie, full of specters and silences and a terror that is pervasive ...
Makes fitful attempts to contextualize the shooting within the broader murderous history of American racism, but ultimately is far more interested in expunging the director's own sense of inherited taint.
A fate all to common for too many African-Americans and though the filmmaker voices concern that this was not his story to tell, you're truly grateful that someone did and truly moved by the way Wilkerson chose to tell it.
Boasting is evident in Wilkerson's bona fides -- his lockstep progressivism.
A well-intentioned documentary on racial injustice in the Deep South that was never addressed by white America.
[Travis] Wilkerson has a really keen eye. Not many people wanted to talk, so oftentimes the camera is artfully focused on an imposing tree or a dilapidated building.
Not since Ross McElwee's Sherman's March has there been such a contemplative and resonating look at the South through a subjective documentary lens.
It's the kind of honesty and ownership that's rarely seen in film, let alone in real life.
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