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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017)

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A documentary murder mystery about the filmmaker's family, set in lower Alabama.

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Travis Wilkerson

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Travis Wilkerson (story)
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A documentary murder mystery about the filmmaker's family, set in lower Alabama, 18 miles north of the Florida state line. On an October night in 1946, S.E. Branch twice shot a man named Bill Spann in the small neighborhood market that Branch owned. Two days later, Spann died in a segregated black hospital. Branch was white-a Klansman-and Spann was black. Branch claimed self-defense, but despite that claim and the political climate in Dothan, Alabama in 1946, Branch was charged with first-degree murder. S.E. Branch was the artist's great granddaddy, on his mother's side. Everyone says they looked alike. That this story echoes across decades and generations says much about the distance travelled by U.S. society since 1946.

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20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Dothan, Alabama, USA See more »

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$20,765, 14 June 2018
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A self absorbed meditation on white guilt.
11 October 2018 | by therealgeorgemattaSee all my reviews

Uninspired and overly narrated. This director needs to learn the term "show, don't tell". The story would have been interesting enough if the director would have gotten out of the way but instead he pushes his narrative down our throats at a snails pace.


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