Mississippi Burning: 30th Anniversary Screening and Panel
Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 4:30PM
Seven-time Academy Award-nominated Mississippi Burning was a thriller loosely based on the real-life case of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, two Jewish and an African American civil rights workers who were abducted and murdered in 1964. Starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as two FBI agents assigned to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers in fictional Jessup County, Mississippi. The investigation is met with hostility and backlash by the town’s residents, local police, and the Ku Klux Klan.
For the 30th anniversary, the film will be screened and a panel will be held afterward featuring the film’s producer, Frederick Zollo. In light of the racial divide that still exists in our country, among the topics for the panel will be how the film influenced the conversation about race in America when it was released and how it is still relevant now.