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4 Little Girls1997. USA. 102 min.
Director: Spike Lee Featuring: Maxine McNair, Chris McNair, Walter Cronkite, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr.
Preceded by the short film I Can’t Breathe (2 min.)
On September 15, 1963, four black girls in their early teens were murdered in their Sunday school class when a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. In the months before the attack, the racist mentality pervading the South brought tensions to a breaking point. This domestic terror attack changed the national conversation around the Civil Rights Movement, awakening the United States to the presence of hate that was preventing integration. Director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing) crafts the grim tale using archival footage and interviews with family, historians, politicians, and newsmen. This Academy Award-nominated documentary achieves a balance between personal anecdotes and a larger sociopolitical view. Discussion with director Spike Lee, moderated by Maurice Wallace (UVA)
Presented by James Madison’s Montpelier
Supported by the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, the Office for Diversity and Equity, and HBO