Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

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Released 2001

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Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

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Director:
Daniel Anker , Barak Goodman
Released:
2001
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Using trial transcripts, courtroom photographs and other archival material, this documentary tells the story of nine African-American teenagers who, in 1931, were accused of rape by two white women. Despite a complete lack of evidence, the boys were convicted and sent to prison. Although ultimately exonerated, the boys' lives were devastated by the incident, and the filmmakers connect the public outrage regarding this case to the beginnings of the civil rights movement of the 1950s.

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  • 100

    New York Daily News Jami Bernard

    Film makers Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker dig deep into the story and its ramifications, exposing how the twin evils of racism and anti-Semitism combined to foment institutional i...

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The filmmakers know how potent the material is, and they don't hammer away at the obvious.

  • 52

    Mr. Showbiz Michael Atkinson

    As fascinating as the case is as history, however, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy is a TV show, not a movie.

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