Film Review – My Nephew Emmett

A true story based on a young boy from Chicago who went to stay with his Uncle after his father had died. The reason for his brutal murder was because he allegedly whistled at a white woman and got killed for it. This power depiction of racial murder in the deep south during the Jim …

A true story based on a young boy from Chicago who went to stay with his Uncle after his father had died. The reason for his brutal murder was because he allegedly whistled at a white woman and got killed for it.

This power depiction of racial murder in the deep south during the Jim Crow laws is very relevant today and written shot and acted exceptionally well. Written and directed by talent Kevin Wilson Jr, the relationship between the characters in the film is very emotional and moving. Kevin Wilson Jr gives the viewer a fly on the wall experience relating normal life, fear, racism and undiluted hatred. Moses Wright played by LB Williams played a very powerful but loving character, a very resolute honest man who was respected in his community by his black counterparts. The preacher of a church he would have had more influence over the community and have been subject to immense racism being a leader. Emmett Till, Joshua Wrights performance was outstanding although limited in lines he came across like and average 14-year-old boy having fun in a place he did not know. Till, having grown up in a Black neighbourhood in then booming Chicago, would have been completely unaware of the backward hatred and racism of his kind. As far as he was concerned his trip to Money Mississippi was one of discovery and exploration. The normality of turning up at a mans house dragging out one of the children he is charged to look after particularly came across horribly well Maurice Wright and JW Milan played by talented actors Dane Rhodes and Dorian Davis. The fear of these uninvited white men, gives the audience and idea into just how lawless and crazy and racist Mississippi really was. Over all brilliant hard hitting realistic with a great and very moving score.

By Anthony Arowojolu

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