Burning Mississippi into Memory? Cinematic Amnesia as a Resource for Remembering Civil Rights

  title={Burning Mississippi into Memory? Cinematic Amnesia as a Resource for Remembering Civil Rights},
  author={Kristen E. Hoerl},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={54 - 79}
The 1988 film Mississippi Burning drew extensive criticism for its misleading portrayal of the FBI's investigation of three murdered civil rights activists in 1964. As critics noted, the film ignored the role of Black activists who struggled for racial justice even as it graphically depicted the violence that activists and other Blacks faced during the civil rights era. This movie's selective depiction of events surrounding the activists’ deaths constituted the film as a site of cinematic… Expand
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