In 1946, Branch killed Bill Spann. Spann was black. Branch was white?and he was the great-grandfather of the director who decided to investigate his notorious ancestor, whose other descendants rarely mention.
Independent filmmaker Travis Wilkerson has produced films that have questioned the malicious effects of capitalism on the American Dream over the past 20 years. In'' Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?'', he reveals the dark history of his own family to escape racism planted in his growing period. The film focuses on Wilkerson´s family and a small town Dothan in Alabama. His great-grandfather Branch, a notorious white supremacist, shot an African American Bill Span in the past. Branch was arrested but not paid for his crime, and the victim´s life was completely removed from public memory and records. "This is not the story about a white savior, but about a white nightmare", Wilkerson said. He presents a radical documentary as an essay with collage of strong beat music featuring political messages, declarative text, and negative film images. [JANG Byungwon]
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