Oct 13, 2022

‘Till’ Retells Famous Civil Rights Story Through A Mother’s Eyes

It’s a famous Civil Rights case, Till, recounts the murder of Emmett Till, in an affecting new drama, with a breakout performance by actress Danielle Deadwyler.

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If you’re thinking back to the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s you wouldn’t be wrong, but Till is a timely piece of cinema as it comes right when the past has caught up with the present. Late this summer, an ugly reminder of the old adage “that the past is neither dead nor even past” when a grand jury in Mississippi declined to indict Carolyn Bryant, now in her late eighties and seemingly unrepentant, or at least not particularly interested in redemption, for her role in the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till.

It was Carolyn Bryant’s accusation of impropriety that she reported, of a young Black boy in the Jim Crow South daring to speak familiarly to a white woman, that set of a tragic and racially charged chain of events. The story notoriously ended in his kidnapping, torture, and murder. Emmett Till’s death, and the complete lack of consequences imposed on those responsible for it, became a critical flashpoint in the civil rights movement. His story has been recounted in numerous mediums since then, and refracted for decades through the work of artists ranging from William Faulkner to Bob Dylan. Till, in theaters Oct. 14, comes at it from a unique perspective, centering the narrative from Emmett’s mother Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler) point of view. It follows her valiant, often lonely struggle to find any form of justice and accountability for her son.