Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? loses some broader context in its focus on the filmmaker's story, but it's a powerful example of one person interrogating their own privilege.

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When director Travis Wilkerson tries to investigate the 1946 murder of an African-American man by his white supremacist grandfather, he meets great resistance, and people threaten to take his life.

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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.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 28, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Through this personal journey, Wilkerson accesses America's heart of darkness.

    February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    NPR
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  • "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 ...

    February 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 17, 2017 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

    Variety
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