Community Screening – A Crime on the Bayou (2020)
Join us inside the Cottonwood Center 2nd floor theater for a free film! Donations appreciated. Popcorn and refreshments will be available. Stay around afterwards for a short discussion.
A CRIME ON THE BAYOU (2020, 1h 31m)
A Black teenager bravely challenges the most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana with the help of a young Jewish attorney. Systemic racism meets its match in decisive courtroom battles, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and a lifelong friendship is born.
Director: Nancy Buirski
Filmmaker Nancy Buirski has an elegant, judicious way of imparting the facts of the case, taking not just the political temperature of the moment (boiling) but finely sketching the character and minds of the people involved. Score: 4/4. – RogerEbert.com
“Directed by Nancy Buirski and exec-produced by John Legend, it raises the bar for other documentaries in the way it’s seamlessly and beautifully executed.” -New York Amsterdam News
“‘A Crime on the Bayou’ is required viewing…It’s infuriating and inspiring.” -Reel News Daily
“Thoughtful and illuminating…” -The Hollywood Reporter
“Buirski’s 90-minute film, “A Crime on the Bayou,” reminds us how Duncan and Sobol are pillars of courage. Sound tracked by Chet Baker and Miles Davis’ easeful compositions, the film has a disarming gentle pacing. Likewise the archival work is simply stunning.” -The Los Angeles Times
“Nancy Buirski’s vivid documentary examines a 1966 Louisiana incident that underlined the absurdities of Southern racial injustice…” -Variety