Ben Loeterman's film vividly brings to life one of the most fascinating criminal cases in American history: the 1913 murder of a child laborer, Mary Phagan, and the trial and lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish factory supervisor accused of her murder. Set against the backdrop of an American South struggling to shed its legacy of bigotry and xenophobia, the film is both a first-rate murder mystery and a compelling look at racial, religious, regional and class prejudices in the early years of the 20th Century. The film illuminates the scandalous trial and its shocking aftermath with dramatic sequences created verbatim from transcripts, documents and letters. Rare historic images and thought-provoking interviews provide insight into this captivating episode that continues to resonate powerfully today.
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