Social Justice Film Series - "Two Towns of Jasper"
08 Nov 2004 04:10 GMT
On June 7, 1998, a sleepy east Texas town awoke to the news of a horrifying crime. Early that Sunday morning, James Byrd Jr., an African-American, was viciously beaten, chained to the back of a pick-up truck, and dragged for three miles to his death. Three men, John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Berry - all with ties to the Aryan Nation - were arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder. Two Towns of Jasper is a collaborative documentary between a black and a white filmmaker, with the producers using segregated crews to document the town of Jasper over the course of the trials of the three men charged with dragging Mr. Byrd to his death.