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Two Towns of Jasper

PBS Premiere: January 22, 2003

Synopsis

In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. In Two Towns Of Jasper, two film crews, one black and one white, set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the subsequent trials of the local men charged with the crime. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred. An Independent Television Service (ITVS) and National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) Co-presentation and a Television Race Initiative (TRI) selection.

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TAGS: hate crime, race, race relations, violence

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Film Information

Two Towns of Jasper (112 min.)

Premiere Date: January 22, 2003

Filmmakers: Whitney Dow, Marco Williams Bio | Interview

Filmmakers

Whitney Dow
Whitney Dow
Marco Williams
Marco Williams
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