Barbara Broccoli hopes ‘Till’ will inspire people to activate themselves

James Bond producer, Barbara Brocolli has called for change following the release of her latest movie, ‘Till’. It tells the story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American Chicago teenager who, in 1955, was abducted and brutally murdered while visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, all for allegedly whistling at a white woman. 

The failure to punish anyone for the crime made headlines across the country and around the world, exposing the racial hatred and unequal justice of Blacks that was pervasive in the segregated South, where laws dictated where Blacks could eat and drink and where they could sleep.

Speaking about the true story behind the film, 62-year-old Broccoli said: “It’s a story that’s never really been told and the fact that 67 years after the event there’s still no justice for the lynching of Emmett Till.”

Broccoli continued, “It’s a story that has great humanity and I think people should see it, it has a lot of relevance to the world today. We’re really hoping that people will see it and it will inspire people to activate themselves in whatever way they can to be a champion for change and make the world a better place.”

In Till, director Chinonye Chukwu tells the story of Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, exploring her private trauma from her son’s death, and her transformation into a civil rights activist.

The film stars Danielle Deadwyler in the title role, as well as Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison, Whoopi Goldberg and Haley Bennett. It has received glowing reviews upon it’s release in America, despite containing harrowing scenes.

Last week a larger than life statue of Emmett Till was unveiled in Mississippi, not far from where the heinous crime took place.

Till will be released in the UK on January 13.

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