Neshoba: The Price of Freedom
Neshoba: The Price of Freedom– Movie Review
‘Neshoba’ tells the story of a Mississippi town still divided about the meaning of justice, 40 years after the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Although Klansmen bragged openly about what they did in 1964, no one was held accountable until 2005, when the State indicted preacher Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old notorious racist and alleged mastermind of the killings. Through intimate interviews with the families of the victims, candid interviews with black and white Neshoba County Citizens, and exclusive, first time interviews with Killen, the film explores whether healing and reconciliation are possible without telling the unvarnished truth
‘Neshoba: The Price of Freedom’ is a really alarming documentary. It has to do with the infamous death of three civil rights workers in Neshoba, Mississippi in 1964. Of the three murdered there were two white men and one black. Basically what happened is that the whole town essentially conspired to let the perpetrators go free since the Feds couldn’t prosecute for murder and the town had the power to refuse to. There were several men who were indicted and served very short prison sentences, but basically the ring leaders have never been called to task on this. The community in Neshoba got together and created an inter-racial group that said enough already. We need to get our act together, stand up as a community, and point out that this shouldn’t have happened. So this is a documentary that deals with the parents of the three slain civil rights workers and some of the family members. It’s really gut wrenching when you realize that this was only 40 years ago and that’s all in the United States history. So it’s really a terrific, alarming, and gut wrenching documentary. The description of what they actually did to the civil rights workers will churn your stomach. So this is four stars.