Did you Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
Dialogues with the Human Rights Film Festival
The 16th Human Rights Film Festival will be held from April 20th to 27th in San Sebastián. We will screen two first-person documentaries in the Tabakalera cinema which maintain a dialogue with the festival. These are two works of historical memory and a journey through two difficult periods for civil and human rights: racism in southern USA in the late-1940s, and the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Both films consider a difficult question: What happens when ‘the beast’ forms part of our own family, and how do we face darkness and reject what is most familiar?
Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?, Travis Wilkerson, USA, 2017, 90m, DCP, English with Spanish subtitles
In 1946, Travis Wilkerson’s great-grandfather—a southern, white and racist ‘good neighbour’—killed Bill Spann, an unarmed black citizen of rural Alabama. Seventy years later, film maker Wilkerson returns to the Old South to uncover this event from his past and reveal the lingering racism in the heart of the USA.