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TILL: 2022 (For $19.99 rental Till is available for streaming on Prime Video ) “Powerful” is an insufficient term to describe this profoundly emotional film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley's relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was brutally tortured and lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. Till received 98% from 139 critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 97% Audience Score. The movie opens with a seemingly benign segment that gives glimpses into the happy life shared by Emmett and his loving mother, Mamie, beautifully played by Danielle Deadwyler. There’s no foreshadowing of what is to come. Despite her misgivings, his mother allows him to go to Mississippi on a visit because he’s growing to manhood and she can’t protect him forever. So she waves goodbye to her son from the train going South……and she never sees him alive again. The power of the film is as much in what it withholds as in what it reveals. It does not show us Emmett’s graphic torture, mutilation, and murder. It does not need to. His face is enough. Nothing more is required to illustrate the kind of hell that Emmett endured during his final hours. His mother, Mamie, took the vital step of arranging an open casket funeral for her son and wielded the power of the Black press to disseminate images of his unrecognizable body far and wide. She wanted the whole world to see what happened to her son. Mamie Till-Mobley's fight for justice helped galvanize the civil rights movement. Although Till’s murder has been the subject of countless documentaries and books, it has never been the subject of a feature film until now. Then again, the killing of Emmett Till took place in a country where a grand jury refused to indict the murderers. They confessed to the crime to Look Magazine not long after a jury of all white male Mississippians absolved them of any wrongdoing. Mamie died at 81 in 2003. She is buried near her son, where her gravestone reads, "Her pain united a nation."  Sad to say justice can be painfully slow in coming. Nineteen years after her death and sixty-seven years after her son Emmett’s death, Congress finally enacted the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. It happened in March, 2022. There’s nothing fun or entertaining about watching Till.  But it is a sufficiently powerful motion picture that offers more than a history lesson. Barbara and I were shattered by it. GRADE A

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