The People v. Leo Frank
(Grade 9-12)

Country
United States
Language
English
Genre
Documentary
Director
Ben Loeterman
Movie year
2009
Duration
86 min

The events leading up to the 1913 lynching of Leo Frank, an American Jew wrongfully accused of murdering a young girl who worked in his factory, are faithfully recreated in this fascinating documentary. Dramatic sequences, taken from transcripts, documents and letters, help to make the film both a first-rate murder mystery and a thought-provoking look at racial and religious prejudice in the early-20th-century American South. Ben Loeterman’s film offers a wealth of rare archival images and new interviews with historians, politicians and the descendants of the participants, infusing these nearly century-old events with a special resonance for today.

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