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Movie Review: Neshoba: The Price of Freedom

Alternate Title: The Past is Not Dead

Story: The opening scenes of this intense documentary plunged me back to my impassioned youth. Seeing the images of the three slain civil rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, brought tears to my eyes and sadness to my core This riveting film was produced, directed and edited by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano and was written by Ms. Dickoff.

This film takes a close look at the citizens of Philadelphia, Mississippi some forty years after the heinous, murderous act of 1964. A community takes a look at itself and tries to come to terms with how it happened, what can be done to get to the truth and how they can move forward. It is a compelling tale.

In 2005, forty years after the crime, octogenarian, racist and horrifying human being, Edgar Ray Killen is indicted for the crime. We get to meet him up close and personal and his words will make the little hairs on your neck stand on end. We also get to meet Chaney's family, Schwerner's widow and Goodman's mother and brother. If you care about history this is a must-see film.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfNttzqV4U.

Watch the trailer of 1998's Mississippi Burning here (It won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Hackman), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (McDormand), Best Director, Best Film Editing (Gerry Hambling), Best Picture and Best Sound.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmAqrMtB-Qg

Acting: This is a documentary so this category is moot.

Trivia: From the WSJ, shortly after Ronald Reagan's death: "Philadelphia, county seat of Mississippi's Neshoba County, is famous for a couple of things. That is where three civil rights workers -- Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman -- were murdered in 1964. And that is where, in 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan chose to launch his election campaign, with a ringing endorsement of "states' rights." It was bitter symbolism for black Americans (though surely not just for black Americans). Countless observers have noted that Reagan took the Republican Party from virtual irrelevance to ascendancy. The essence of that transformation, we shouldn't forget, is the party's successful wooing of the race-exploiting Southern Democrats formerly known as Dixiecrats. And Reagan's Philadelphia appearance was an important bouquet in that courtship.

Predilection: I like documentaries and this period in time was an important aspect of my youth.

Opening Titles: The credits are at the end. During the rolling credits it is horrifying to see the names of over 100 people that were murdered during this period in time and who have yet to see justice.

Theater Audience: I was delighted to see a large number of young people in the theater along with people of my age who remember the incident well.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 5

Drift Factor: I was attentive and angry the whole time.

Tissue Usage: 1

Oscar Worthy: Probably not.

Big Screen or Rental: If you can fin it in your neighborhood it would be worth it to see on the bi screen but would also be a fine rental.

Length: 90 minutes