DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?

DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?

PhilaMOCA presents the Philly Premiere of Sundance sensation DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?, a documentary look at race in the American South.

Formally audacious and emotionally powerful: a meditation on conscience and responsibility, in the context of a documentary on race in the American South, as well as a highly personal exhumation of family secrets that may include a double murder. Travis Wilkerson begins with a scene from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and introduces a “secular saint,” Atticus Finch, but reminds us that Harper Lee’s story was fiction, “whereas mine is true.” He continues: “In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” His movie is a detective story with important roles played by the filmmaker’s aunt (a Southern secessionist), by a 31-year-old local activist named Rosa Parks, by the rap song "Hell You Talmbout" by Janelle Monáe, and by the still-resonant words of a Phil Ochs song that memorializes white activist William Moore.

"An urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"It’s hard to experience Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? and not get shivers up your spine — from fear, from anger, and from the beauty of Wilkerson’s filmmaking."
– Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

"In effect, a travelogue of the history of racism — and that history rushes into the present day. An overwhelming experience."
–  Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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