Directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano, Neshoba: The Price of Freedom delves into both the legacy and the story behind the disappearance and murder of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers who became victims of a mob of Klansmen in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the beginning of the Freedom Summer in June 1964.
Forty-one years later, the state convicted only one man in the killings, 80-year-old Baptist preacher Edgar Ray Killen.
According to the Neshoba: The Price of Freedom press release, Dickoff and Pagano “gained unprecedented access to Killen, following him from shortly after his indictment through his trial. For the first time, the film captures the outspoken views of a Klan member charged with a civil rights murder and takes viewers on a journey into the mindset of a man who still feels the murders were justified as 'self-defense' of a way of life.”
Neshoba also features interviews with the families of the victims and with Neshoba County citizens of various ethnicities and points of view.
The release adds that “the film explores whether the prosecution of one unrepentant Klansman constitutes justice and whether healing and reconciliation are possible without telling the unvarnished truth.”
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