Neshoba
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Filmmakers Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano offer unprecedented insight into the mind of an unrepentant racist while exploring the efforts of a multi-racial Neshoba County coalition to ensure that the so-called "Mississippi Burning" murders don't go unpunished. Back in 1964, three men on a mission to register black voters in Mississippi were brutally murdered and buried beneath an earth-filled dam. But the Klansmen who carried out the killings were never brought to trial, despite the fact that they publicly openly boasted about the crime to their friends and families. Flash-forward… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neshoba is a troubling documentary, a film about fiery passions and murderous deeds that is disturbing in ways that go beyond what might be expected."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Some questions, this compelling movie reminds us, still require answers."
‑ S. James Snyder, Time Out New York
"'Neshoba' is a timeless reminder there are still many in this country believing some American citizens deserve second-class status and therefore we must look to the cameras and courts for justice."
‑ John Esther, UR Chicago Magazine
"Provocative, well-balanced, unflinchingly honest and profoundly moving with just the right amount of comic relief and non-preachy, inspirational messages."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A movie whose concerns remain very much with us today unfortunately, especially in light of Republican Party saint Reagan's decision to speak in favor of "state's rights" at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"This film is a document of hope, progress and idealism but also a reminder that the deep springs of bigotry and violence that fed a long, vicious campaign of domestic terrorism have not dried up."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Though Neshoba is standard-issue in terms of craftsmanship, the tools used to tell the tale (newsreels, family photos, crime scene and autopsy photos) are masterfully employed."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Though the film gets carried away by its black-and-white-together-we-shall-overcome vibe, the raw facts are undeniably where the real emotion lies."
‑ Lauren Wissot, Slant Magazine
"Cogently and movingly provides fresh perspective on history while the screen splits with interviews that bring out mixed feelings for reconciliation vs. forgetting the past."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"A cinematic sifting through the ashes of Mississippi smoldering!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"For the most part, Neshoba is content to treat progress as a matter of reconciling with the past rather than dealing with the present."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"This gripping documentary forces you to revisit an especially ugly chapter in American history, and question whether it is over and done with -- or not."
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"A misguided edit shortchanges audiences of what could have been a doc that capitalized on its exclusive sit-downs and reportage."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Excellent documentary corrective to Mississippi Burning-type melodramas."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Though not a doc that speeds up the pulse of the audience as it should, 'Neshoba' graphically shows us the atmosphere that led to the killing in 1964 of three civil rights workers in Mississippi."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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