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Two Towns of Jasper


83 minutes
Source: PBS Video

On June 7, 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, an African American, was chained to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged for three miles until his body disintegrated. Three white men from Jasper with ties to white supremacist groups were arrested and later convicted for the crime. A collaborative effort between a black and a white filmmaker, Two Towns of Jasper records the responses of both black and white residents of Jasper to the crime and the trials using two separate film crews. An all-white crew documented the white community exclusively, and an all-black crew filmed the black community. The film raises powerful questions about hatred, identity, and community.

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