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  • Summary: This documentary investigates the murder and subsequent injustice surrounding Emmett Louis Till's death, which many consider to be the true catalyst for the American Civil Rights Movement. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
  2. 90
    A triumph of documentary activism nine years in the making.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    88
    Expect a sequel -- perhaps one with a more satisfying conclusion.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    80
    Now, 50 years later, the Justice Department has decided to reopen the case, due largely to Keith Beauchamp's documentary, which contains testimony from hitherto unseen witnesses.
  5. If you don't believe film can change the world, you haven't seen the documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.
  6. The heroine of this story is the eloquent Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett's mother, who recalls her fight to have an open-casket funeral for her son.
  7. Reviewed by: Neely Tucker
    60
    You leave the theater feeling moved by a mother's courage, sickened by the crime and a little frustrated, wondering if this unquiet moment in our history will ever rest easy.

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