“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary, which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a long ago crime and the societal mores that allowed it to happen. Acting as narrator and guide, Wilkerson spins a strange, frightening tale, incorporating scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird, the music of Janelle Monáe and Phil Ochs, and the story of Rosa Parks’ investigation into the Recy Taylor case, as well as his own family history, for a gripping investigation into our collective past and its echoes into the present day. / 90 min
“An EXTRAORDINARY first-person documentary.” -The New Yorker
CRITIC’S PICK “A scorching and rigorous essay… a passionately political film, aflame with rage…” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“It’s hard to experience Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? and not get shivers up your spine. –The Village Voice
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? is a ONE-OF-A-KIND creation. Wilkerson opens up an uncomfortable discussion on race in America and he doesn’t give himself or the audience an inch of intellectual remove from the topic. Few films can be artful and blunt at the same time, and fewer still are willing to interrogate themselves as thoroughly as their subjects.–NPR
Sun April 29
The Two of Us 5:30 @ Bear’s Place
Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun? 7:45 @ IU Bear’s Place – Last Chance!