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Movies that Matter

We invite you to experience this quarterly film series that highlights important human rights issues. Each event features a movie screening with English subtitles, followed by a moderated discussion with special guests.

Admission is free. Reservations can be made via and entering Fort Worth Movies That Matter in the search field. All seating becomes available first come, first served 15 minutes before the published start time of the program. The auditorium seats 248.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
2005, PG-13, 70 min.

Simple yet riveting, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till articulates the madness of racism in the South of the 1950s. Combining archival photos and footage with deeply felt interviews, this documentary tells the harrowing story of what happened when a mischievous 14-year-old black boy from Chicago, visiting his relatives in Mississippi, whistled at a white woman in the street. The lynching that followed was so gruesome that a media circus surrounded the trial — and what stunned the nation was not only the crime, but the blithe unconcern the citizens of a small Mississippi town felt toward the brutal murder of a black teenager. In May 2004 the Justice Department reopened the investigation into Till’s murder and the case remains under investigation.

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The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till Movie Poster

Movies That Matter: A Human Rights Film Series is a quarterly program of the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission. This screening is presented in partnership with the Fort Worth Library, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 

For more information, follow Movies that Matter at or send an email to  For a schedule of films, visit Trailers for some of this year's films can be found on YouTube.

Updated 13 March 2015

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