Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
In case the striking poster of a negative-exposed Atticus Finch – or rather Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird – didn’t already suggest it, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? is a whip-smart documentary deconstruction of historical whitewashing in the US, the idea of “white saviours”, and racist miscarriages of justice. Its filmmaker is Travis Wilkerson, whose own great-grandfather murdered an African-American man in 1946 and got away with it. Wilkerson turns his lens on his own family and, as Manohla Dargis writes in The New York Times, he “sifts through the personal and the political, travels down eerily lonely Alabama byways and deep into anguished history. The result is an urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.” Released 28 February in the US.