DER Documentary

Two Towns of Jasper

Two Towns of Jasper

by Whitney Dow and Marco Williams
color, 90 min, 2002


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On June 7, 1998, three white men from Jasper, Texas, chained African-American James Byrd to a pick-up truck and dragged him until his body disintegrated. This powerful documentary takes you to the white and black communities as it records their separate reactions to the most vicious racially motivated murder in the last 50 years. This film provides an unprecedented opprtunity to see the divisions that separate one person from another. The public performance version includes an extensive guide for leading classroom and community discussion on issues related to diversity and racism.

Related Resources
Lesson plan and discussion guide available at POV website.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition, 2003
Silver Award, Best International Documentary, Hot Docs, 2002
Center for Documentary Studies Filmmakers Award, Full Frame / Doubletake Documentary Film Festival, 2002
Best Documentary, Pan African Film festival, Los Angeles, 2002
Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award, IFP East Gotham Awards 2002

TV Broadcasts
POV, 2003

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