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Trailer Watch: "DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till," Premiering at PAFF Next Month

by Vanessa Martinez
January 30, 2012 7:09 PM
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DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till, premiering at the Pan African Film Festival next month, is directed by Aravind Ragupathi and Rob Underhill, the latter also wrote the screenplay based on a playwright by Mike Wiley.

Wiley stars in the tragic title role of Emmett Till, the 14-year old teen from Chicago who was bludgeoned to his death for whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in Mississippi in 1955.

Here's the full synopsis:

Days after stepping off the train, 14-year old Emmett Till from Chicago goes missing in Money, Mississippi. Later, the boy's mutilated body is found in a river. William Bradford Huie of Look magazine interviews the townsfolk of Money to get at the root of what happened. The two men acquitted for the boy's murder, Roy Bryant Jr. and J. W. Milam, agree to sit down with Mr. Huie to discuss the trial. Not a word had been uttered outside a courtroom by them or their kin, until now... A masterful acting tour de force by Mike Wiley who convincingly plays all of the characters in this tragic tale, transports us back to this historic drama that became a lightning rod for moral outrage and pivotal in inspiring a whole generation of young people to commit to social change in the 1950s.

Here's the trailer.

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  • Rob Underhill | July 20, 2012 6:32 AMReply

    Since DAR HE was released in February, it has been gaining momentum! See more at Six Best Film awards so far...
    - BEST FILM, 27th Black International Cinema Berlin
    - BEST FEATURE FILM, 14th San Francisco Black Film Fest
    - BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 38th Newark Black Film Fest
    - BEST FEATURE FILM, Charlotte Black Film Festival
    - BEST FILM, 11th North Carolina Black Film Festival
    - BEST ACTOR, 11th North Carolina Black Film Festival
    - BEST FEATURE 3rd Place, 9th Tupelo Film Festival

  • John | February 9, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    What amazes me is how no credit is given to those who worked on this film for free to make the production possible. While the Director and Cinematographer take most of the credit, they fail to mention the dedication and time spent by other individuals who really made all of this possible. If you take away the crew, you have nothing. When you have no budget to pay crew, and people believe enough in your project to band together to bring it to life, then they too should get equal billing when it comes to credits and press. Those who work for free should be considered producers, as their time and expertise is just valuable as money, if not not more valuable. It truly disgust me to see people take advantage of others generosity and kindness. I do hope in the future this problem is corrected. Without the crew you would have no film, no awards, keep that in mind.

  • Colored | February 9, 2012 1:26 PM

    You are too naive to respond to.

  • Rob Underhill | February 6, 2012 12:13 AMReply

    I will be there representing Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till. Really looking forward to meeting everyone in the filmmaking community in attendance! More about the film here: -Rob Underhill, director

  • Rob Underhill | February 10, 2012 3:13 PM

    Interesting comment! I'll be interested to know your opinion of the film when you have a chance to see it. Cheers

  • mantan | February 3, 2012 6:55 PMReply

    wow....this looks really really really good. i want to see this!!!

  • Cyril | January 31, 2012 1:39 AMReply

    Oh my! I just found a new hero in Mike Wiley.

  • BluTopaz | January 30, 2012 8:50 PMReply

    This looks striking--the concept sorta reminds me of Anna Deveare Smith's work. Although the images of him dressed as Mrs Till (?) are a little jarring but this is a great way to combine docu-drama. I remember listening to the chilling testimony where the film's title originated.

  • BluTopaz | January 31, 2012 8:58 PM

    Cyril, yes when my class watched Eyes On The Prize during the Till segment and the title was mentioned, I could not believe the courage behind those words. And this was 4 decades after the lynching, can't imagine how Black people felt during that time. I almost wish it was mandatory for young American Black kids to watch a wonderful project like Mr. Wiley's.

  • Cyril | January 31, 2012 1:40 AM

    Yes Blutopaz, Interestingly, the film's title is the one piece that stuck with me ever since I studied and researched on that sham of a trial.

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