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Screening: Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

2A17: American Arthouse Film Festival
17 December 2017
19:00–20:30

DESCRIPTION

Documentary thriller-confession and contemplation on racism and traumas of history.

Director Travis Wilkerson travels to a small town in Alabama, where in 1946 his great- grandfather killed an African American with two gunshots but managed to escape punishment for first degree murder. Wilkerson talks to the locals about racism and other crimes then wrongly considered insignificant to our modern view. Driven by a personal story, he is aiming to understand why someone who committed murder lived a long life and is buried with a tomb, while another one was killed and thrown in an unmarked grave. The only difference is that the former was a white man, and the latter—black.

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? is a documentary essay raising uncomfortable questions, as if Wilkerson has interviewed the city itself whose buildings remember consistent sexual and physical violence towards African Americans. Violence that has been forgotten and abandoned in the distant past, along with the sins of the fathers. Wilkerson, however, revisits his great grandfather’s grave while realizing that finding a tombstone of the murdered Bill Spann is impossible. He would see his elderly relative though—marching with a poster calling to protect the white race from genocide, which the theory of ethnic diversity represented, in his opinion. He would drive that Alabama road which is mentioned in a song about the murder of anti-segregation activist William Moore performed by the folk-rock singer Phil Ochs and talk to an African American woman who witnessed lynch-mob executions in the neighboring district. Wilkerson edits pieces from To Kill a Mocking Bird with rare interviews, family archives, views of buildings in decay, and the endless Alabama highway, documenting things or images referencing the presence of African Americans in American culture.

The film was premiered at the Sundance Festival and also shown in Locarno, Denver and New York.

Skype Q&A with film director Travis Wilkerson will take place after the screening.

Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
Director Travis Wilkerson. USA, 2017. 90 minutes.
18+

TICKETS

Standard adult—350 RUB

Concessions for visitors with disabilities—175 RUB. 
Ticket for one carer—175 RUB.

Film will be shown in English with Russian subtitles.
Screening accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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50% off for GARAGE members.
Advance booking available for GARAGE members, call +7 (499) 345-10-00 or e-mail members@garagemca.org.
Please collect booked tickets no later than 30 minutes before the film is due to start.

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