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Summer in Mississippi

Year: 1964
Language: English
Format: 16mm Black & White
Runtime: 27 min
Director: Beryl Fox
Producer: Beryl Fox
Executive Producer: Douglas Leiterman
Writer: Beryl Fox
Cinematographer: Richard Leiterman, John Foster, Grahame Woods
Editor: Don Haig
Production Company: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

This direct cinema documentary (telecast on This Hour Has Seven Days) depicts the civil rights struggle through the story of three young integration workers who were murdered as they began voter registration work for the Mississippi Summer Project. The bodies of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney and Michael Schwerner were found on August 4, 1964. Filmmaker Beryl Fox travelled to Mississippi not to follow the murder trail, but to examine the difficulties faced by new student volunteers heading to Mississippi and its frenzied social climate.

Painting a vivid picture of a time when the summer heat reflected the inflamed emotions of an entire state, Summer in Mississippi has all the immediacy and depth of feeling Fox later brought to The Mills of the Gods: Viet Nam (1965) and is characteristic of the developing CBC documentary style of the period. It won a Canadian Film Award for TV Information in 1965.