Spies of Mississippi

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  • About the Film

    Medgar Evers, surrounded by police

    The film reveals the full scope of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission’s efforts to preserve segregation during the 1950s and ‘60s — when its network of informants spied on over 87,000 Americans — as it covered up violence and murder in order to preserve the status quo.

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  • Filmmaker Q&A

    Spies of Mississippi filmmaker Dawn Porter

    Filmmaker Dawn Porter (Gideon's Army) spoke about the things that surprised her the most in making her second feature documentary, Spies of Mississippi, which explores a lesser-known, but shocking, chapter in American civil rights history.

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  • Video Extra : Myrlie Evers Speaks With the Filmmaker

    Black and white photo of Medgar Evers, standing in front of a sign that says: Mississippi

    In this video extra, journalist Jerry Mitchell expands on how he discovered the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission’s secret surveillance files which led to the re-opening of the Medgar Evers murder case and speaks with his widow who recalls the trial and thanks Mitchell for helping her find peace.

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  • Talkback

    Students demonstrating in favor of desegregation.

    Share your own experiences with either the Civil Rights Movement, or another social movement, where you felt your privacy or safety threatened. How does this story relate to surveillance issues and privacy concerns in modern America?

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