A 90-minute documentary on race in America

This independently produced program is a masterful portrait of race in America with the texture of a feature film. Its focus is the 1998 murder in Jasper, Texas, of James Byrd Jr., a black man who was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white men. Two film crews, one black and one white, documented the responses of the black and white communities of Jasper after the murder and during the trials of three local white men charged with Byrd’s murder. The journalists use the Byrd murder as the organizing thread to examine racism in America, and the result in exceptionally even-handed, insightful and honest.

Whitney Dow, Marco Williams, producers; Cara Mertes, executive producer for P.O.V.; Sally Jo Fifer, executive producer for ITVS.

Original story: pbs.org/pov/twotownsofjasper/

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