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Neshoba County was a quiet part of Mississippi that suddenly faced the scrutiny of the world in 1964 when three civil rights activists -- Jewish New Yorkers Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman and African-American Mississippian James Chaney -- were captured by members of the Ku Klux Klan after they were arrested for speeding. The three men were found murdered after a careful search, but despite overwhelming evidence, three of the Klansmen who committed the crime went free when their jury could not deliver a verdict. One of them, Edgar Ray Killen, bragged at length to friends and acquaintances about his role in the murder, and in 2004 a group of Mississippians came forward to demand a new trial for Killen, hoping to see justice done at last. However, bringing Killen to trial proved no simple task; filmmakers Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano examine the crimes of 1964, the efforts to retry Killen, the mixed emotions of the community, and the curious life of the unrepentant racist criminal in the documentary Neshoba. The film was an official selection at the 2009 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival.

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  • Neshoba is a troubling documentary, a film about fiery passions and murderous deeds that is disturbing in ways that go beyond what might be expected.

    Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This film is a document of hope, progress and idealism but also a reminder that the deep springs of bigotry and violence that fed a long, vicious campaign of domestic terrorism have not dried up.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • For the most part, Neshoba is content to treat progress as a matter of reconciling with the past rather than dealing with the present.

    Aug 12, 2010 | Rating: C+

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  • Some questions, this compelling movie reminds us, still require answers.

    Aug 11, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Though Neshoba is standard-issue in terms of craftsmanship, the tools used to tell the tale (newsreels, family photos, crime scene and autopsy photos) are masterfully employed.

    Aug 10, 2010 | Full Review…
  • This gripping documentary forces you to revisit an especially ugly chapter in American history, and question whether it is over and done with -- or not.

    Feb 23, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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