Silence in the Mississippi Delta – Hawkins vs The Town of Shaw

Synopsis

This documentary tells the story about Andrew Hawkins Sr. & his family suing the town of Shaw, Mississippi for the disparities prevalent in the neighborhoods of the African American community around one of the peaks in the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Summer.

Review

4/5
A documentary that explores the legacy of an historic case of racial inequality.
Directed by Tijaha S. Richardson, ‘Silence in the Mississippi Delta – Hawkins vs The Town of Shaw’ is a short documentary film that delves into Andrew Hawkins’ legacy since his legal case against the town of Shaw for inequality within the black community. The film is produced 50 years after the landmark case and explores the family’s struggle and triumphs over the years. The short recognizes and honors the civil rights movement and present campaigning.

The 31-minute is constructed with a series of interview with Gloria Hawkins Scott, Mary Sue G. Short, Bennie G. Thompson, Willie Griffin and Melvyn R. Lowenthal. The film explores the community-led projects to bring awareness and instill the case into the history books. The Hawkins’ case has led to successful legal challenges across the United States from other municipalities.

Silence in the Mississippi Delta
Tijaha S. Richardson has created an important documentary that brings attention to past discrimination, inequality and injustice within Mississippi – particularly within the town of Shaw. Despite having a low production value, the film is nicely structured which will keep viewers engaged and possibly inspired. Visually, the film is shot with low-budget cinematography, with acceptable sound and post-production. A fascinating watch from start-to-finish.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Tijaha S. Richardson
Writer(s): Tijaha S. Richardson
Cast: Bennie G. Thompson, Gloria Hawkins Scott, Mary Sue G. Short, Melvyn R. Lowenthal, Willie Griffin
Producer(s): Tijaha S. Richardson, Yvette G. Richardson
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Specifications

Genre: Documentary
Subjects: Corruption, COVID-19, Ethnicity, History, Race, Racism
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2020
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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Tijaha S. Richardson
Writer(s): Tijaha S. Richardson
Cast: Bennie G. Thompson, Gloria Hawkins Scott, Mary Sue G. Short, Melvyn R. Lowenthal, Willie Griffin
Producer(s): Tijaha S. Richardson, Yvette G. Richardson
Director of Photography:
Editor(s):
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Documentary
Subjects: Corruption, COVID-19, Ethnicity, History, Race, Racism
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2020

Recommended

Silence in the Mississippi Delta – Hawkins vs The Town of Shaw

Synopsis

This documentary tells the story about Andrew Hawkins Sr. & his family suing the town of Shaw, Mississippi for the disparities prevalent in the neighborhoods of the African American community around one of the peaks in the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Summer.

Review

A documentary that explores the legacy of an historic case of racial inequality.

4/5
Directed by Tijaha S. Richardson, ‘Silence in the Mississippi Delta – Hawkins vs The Town of Shaw’ is a short documentary film that delves into Andrew Hawkins’ legacy since his legal case against the town of Shaw for inequality within the black community. The film is produced 50 years after the landmark case and explores the family’s struggle and triumphs over the years. The short recognizes and honors the civil rights movement and present campaigning.

The 31-minute is constructed with a series of interview with Gloria Hawkins Scott, Mary Sue G. Short, Bennie G. Thompson, Willie Griffin and Melvyn R. Lowenthal. The film explores the community-led projects to bring awareness and instill the case into the history books. The Hawkins’ case has led to successful legal challenges across the United States from other municipalities.

Silence in the Mississippi Delta
Tijaha S. Richardson has created an important documentary that brings attention to past discrimination, inequality and injustice within Mississippi – particularly within the town of Shaw. Despite having a low production value, the film is nicely structured which will keep viewers engaged and possibly inspired. Visually, the film is shot with low-budget cinematography, with acceptable sound and post-production. A fascinating watch from start-to-finish.

Recommended

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