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Four Little Girls

DVD

102 minutes
Source: Facets

In Four Little Girls, Spike Lee creates portraits of the four young victims of the racially motivated Birmingham church bombing in 1963 by talking to their families, friends, neighbors, and teachers. The film examines the climate of segregation and state-sanctioned violence that led to this particular bombing, and the civil rights activism that both preceded and followed it. One theme that emerges strongly throughout the film is the role of young people as civil rights activists in Birmingham, where students would skip school--sometimes with tacit permission of their parents or teachers, sometimes not--so they could demonstrate in the streets.

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