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Lillie & Leander: A Legacy of Violence (2007)

Investigating the turn-of-the-century murder of her great-great aunt, a woman stumbles upon an explosive secret that hints at her own family's involvement in decades of racially charged murders.

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Lillie Brewton Davis
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Investigating the turn-of-the-century murder of her great-great aunt, a woman stumbles upon an explosive secret that hints at her own family's involvement in decades of racially charged murders.

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27 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Lillie kai Leander: I klironomia tis vias  »

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A strong emotional impact as truths are revealed of a painful family history.
6 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is documentary about one woman's investigation into the racial violence in a small town near Pensacola Florida which started with the lynching of a black man in 1908 for the murder of a white woman in her family. Later, she heard that over the next 30 years, many black men were brutally murdered for just walking down the wrong road.

The filmmaker now lives in New York but returned to her town to investigate. She spoke to old people, both black and white, who still remembered and she eventually convinced the police to dig in a area where the bodies were supposedly buried. Her perseverance was unwavering and even though the results were inconclusive, it brings back a painful time in Southern history which never quite makes it into the history books. These were real people she interviewed and the truths she unveiled had a definite emotional impact on me. This is a story that needs to be told. And she told it well.

I saw this film at The Tribeca Film Festival and after the showing there was a spirited audience discussion with the filmmaker and the director which was just as moving and revealing as the film. I feel I have now been changed in some small way as I am aware of what went on in my own country on a whole different level. I am so glad that this film is getting exposure. I certainly think it deserves national attention, not only for its message, but in the way it was put together to unfold this shocking story.

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