Written and Directed by: Nancy Buirski
This is the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. He gently lays his hand on a white boy’s arm. The boy recoils like a snake. That night, police burst into Duncan’s trailer and arrest him for assault on a minor. A young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, leaves his prestigious D.C. firm to volunteer in New Orleans. With his help, Duncan bravely stands up to a racist legal system powered by a white supremacist boss to challenge his unfair arrest. Their fight goes all the way to the US Supreme Court, and their lifelong friendship is forged.
“Filmmaker Nancy Buirski has an elegant, judicious way of imparting the facts of the case, taking not just the political temperature of the moment (boiling) but finely sketching the character and minds of the people involved.” (Steven Boone, RogerEbert.com)
Crime on the Bayou (Wednesday, January 12th, 7:00pm)
Born in Auschwitz (Thursday, January 15th, 7:00pm)
Honeymood (Saturday, January 15th, 7:30pm)
The Light Ahead (Sunday, January 16th, 3:00pm)
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