Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

United States / 2017 / 90 minutes / NR

“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.

  • Director

    Travis Wilkerson

  • Producer

    Travis Wilkerson

  • "An urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.”

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "It’s hard to experience Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? and not get shivers up your spine — from fear, from anger, and from the beauty of Wilkerson’s filmmaking."

    — BIlge Ebiri, The Village Voice
  • "One of the strongest works at a chilling Sundance Film Festival. Wilkerson doesn’t offer an answer. But raising the question — at this moment when families are torn apart by what they believe America is and should be — is more than enough."

    — Amy Taubin, Artforum
  • "Travis Wilkerson comes from the school of cinematic self-inquiry. His latest, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, the unequivocal highlight of this year’s True/False, takes this approach further – and to greater heights – than ever before."

    — Jordan Cronk, Sight & Sound
  • "In effect, a travelogue of the history of racism — and that history rushes into the present day. An overwhelming experience."

    — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
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