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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

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'In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.' So begins Travis Wilkerson's critically acclaimed documentary, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the societal mores that allowed it to happen. Acting as narrator and guide, Wilkerson spins a strange, frightening tale, incorporating scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird, the music of Janelle Monáe and Phil Ochs, and the story of Rosa Parks' investigation into the Recy Taylor case, as well as his own family history, for a gripping investigation into our collective past and its echoes into the present day.
Actors: Travis Wilkerson
Travis Wilkerson
Travis Wilkerson 1969 in Denver, Colorado, USA
Genre: Documentary
Director: Travis Wilkerson
Country: United States
Release: 2017
IMDb: 6.7
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Duration: 90 min
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CRITICS OF "Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?"
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The Film Stage
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February 27, 2018

When the repressed past gains sudden and violent visibility in the present, the genre that's evoked is horror, and one of the film's greatest strengths is the way it leans into this association.
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RogerEbert.com
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February 28, 2018

It's hard to shake the idea that the 'live documentary' approach isn't a little more satisfying for this material, but it's impossible to deny the power of much of what's on display here.
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Slant Magazine
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February 26, 2018

In directly requesting the audience's trust, Travis Wilkerson initiates a not-particularly-inviting proposition for the viewer, and specifically the white American viewer.
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Variety
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August 17, 2017

Makes fitful attempts to contextualize the shooting within the broader murderous history of American racism, but ultimately is far more interested in expunging the director's own sense of inherited taint.
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Film Journal International
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March 01, 2018

Wilkerson's ruminative documentary brings home the filmmaker's preoccupation with the confluence of individual and institutional violence in an exceptionally personal manner.
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Austin Chronicle
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April 19, 2018

[Travis] Wilkerson has a really keen eye. Not many people wanted to talk, so oftentimes the camera is artfully focused on an imposing tree or a dilapidated building.
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indieWire
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March 01, 2018

"Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?" is at its sharpest and most necessary when Wilkerson interrogates his personal connection to the past.
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NPR
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February 27, 2018

Through this personal journey, Wilkerson accesses America's heart of darkness.
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The Daily Beast
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March 01, 2018

It's the kind of honesty and ownership that's rarely seen in film, let alone in real life.
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AV Club
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February 27, 2018

For someone so gloomily aware of his own privilege, Wilkerson spends a lot of the film playing dumb and speculating-a writer's trick for giving shape to a piece with a thesis and no conclusion.
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Thrillist
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March 17, 2018

Not since Ross McElwee's Sherman's March has there been such a contemplative and resonating look at the South through a subjective documentary lens.
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New York Times
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February 27, 2018

"Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?" is a passionately political film, aflame with rage in spite of its director's measured, ruminative tone of voice. It is also a horror movie, full of specters and silences and a terror that is pervasive ...
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