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October 14, 2022

At the Movies: ‘Till' grippingly reorients an American tragedy

AP Film Writer

In “Till,” a wrenching, rigorous drama about Emmett Till's brutal murder, director Chinonye Chukwu keeps the story gripped to Emmett's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), reorienting a public crime as a private trauma, and Mamie's subsequent metamorphosis into a civil rights activist as a profound act of grief-fueled resistance. Emmett is played by Jalyn Hall.

Almost by default, filmmakers typically take a wide lens to historical moments like the 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till. In reaching for a defining chapter of America, it's natural for a movie to aim for a sweeping portrait of a shifting society.

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