In “Till – Fight for the Truth” a cruel crime shakes the world of Mamie Till-Nobley in 1955. But she does not let the injustice rest.
“Till – Fight for the truth” starts in German cinemas on January 26, 2023 and tells the story of an African-American teenager who leaves Chicago for Mississippi in 1955 to spend the holidays with his cousins. Despite his mother’s (Danielle Deadwyler) admonitions to humble himself there, a thoughtless gesture leads to the boy being lynched by a mob of white supremacists. In addition to the grief and desperation over the incredibly brutal crime, his mother is also overcome by determination and courage. She wants the world to know what happened to her son and demands justice. She puts pictures of her molested child on the front page of newspapers and is active in the African-American civil rights movement. Ultimately, she even takes the stand as a witness in the southern United States and speaks out against the tormentors of her son Emmett Till (Jalyn Hall). Incidentally, the young victim’s grandmother is played by none other than Whoopi Goldberg, who also worked as a producer for the film. How much truth is behind this story, we will tell you below.
The film portrays the incredibly gruesome crime committed by Emmett Till in a candid way. In these eleven Netflix productions you will see more true events, but this time in true crime format.
Is “Till: Fight for Justice” based on a true story?
Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu actually took one with this drama true story that sparked the African American civil rights movement in the United States in the 1950s. Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, shared with the world what was done to her boy by white supremacists. The power of the images did not fail to have an effect and created an awareness that the time was ripe for change. Mamie became one of the leading activists of this movement. Unlike previous Hollywood films devoted to the oppression of people of color, this emotional drama by the Nigerian-American director didn’t invent a White Savior to save the honor of white people.
“Till”: More films about the African American civil rights movement
The Emmett Till case shook the United States in the 1950s and inspired many African Americans to become activists. And even today it is important that historic true events of the civil rights movement in the United States are filmed. These other examples performed this task with flying colours:
- “Selma”: Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo) wants to achieve the right to vote for African American citizens with a peaceful protest. But the demonstration is crushed in the most brutal way. You can buy the film adaptation of these historic events on Amazon Prime and stream it free of charge on the ARTHAUS+ channel.
- Judas and the Black Messiah: Young activist Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) makes a name for himself in 1960s Chicago. William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) is smuggled into the Black Panthers as an informant to keep an eye on the eloquent civil rights activist. The film adaptation of this true story can be found in the Amazon Prime subscription.
- “Loving”: While Mildred (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) cling to their love despite different skin colors, the state of Virginia causes them problems in 1958 – because their marriage is not yet legal in the segregated state. You can find the impressive film on Amazon Prime and on AppleTV+ in the buy stream.
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