Distributor: First Run Features
Director - Mary McDonagh Murphy
Run Time - 82 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2010
Genre - Documentary
Film Reviewed by Kam Williams
Excellent (4 stars)
In 1961, Harper Lee, an unknown white woman from a small town in Alabama, won a Pulitzer Prize for her groundbreaking novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Released at the height of the African-American struggle against Jim Crow segregation, the book played a pivotal role in raising the country's awareness of racism while simultaneously serving to shame the South about its disgraceful legacy of lynching, oppression and discrimination.
A couple of years later, the screen adaptation of the best seller earned several Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor. Gregory Peck delivered his career performance as Atticus Finch, an attorney defending a black man unfairly accused of rape.