When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, sparks the nation's outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country. This striking and deeply heartfelt documentary from director Spike Lee shows how this act of hate helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement in America, combining a look at the headlines and history of the day with emotional interviews that recount the realities of life in the segregated south and the poignant details of the grief of those who mourned Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair.
Hard-hitting and unflinching, this documentary is made even more powerful by the absence of film or pictures of the event; instead, it focuses on the build-up and the painful aftermath. It's a unique, heartrending look at the realities of life under segregation and the incredible cost of the fight for Civil Rights.
"The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview with George Wallace, the prince of segregation, that belongs in a David Lynch feature. Lee's film asserts the bombing energized the civil rights movement and when the voice of America, Walter Cronkite, echoes those sentiments, you believe he may have it right." Doug Thomas, Amazon.com Reviews
|Recommended Age||12 and up|
|Running Time||102 minutes|
|Studio||Hbo Home Video|
|Release Date||Jan 23, 2001|