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A young, white Jewish attorney defends an unjustly accused Black teen in this landmark Civil Rights-era case. Gary Duncan, 19, was arrested in 1966 after trying to deescalate a racially charged skirmish outside a newly integrated New Orleans high school. Though the incident is minor, Duncan is prey to a despotic D.A. using the parish courts to impose his segregationist views. Archival images, court transcripts and new interviews compellingly detail how Northerner Richard Sobol left his prominent law firm to save a wronged man, a search for justice that led to the Supreme Court. At a time of national reckoning over racial inequality, Emmy-winning documentarian Nancy Buirski presents a potent argument for the power of individual action to promote social change.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Nancy Buirski, immediate past president of the NAACP (Miami chapter) Ruban Roberts, and JCRC director Josh Sayles. To view the conversation please click here.


The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Florida Premiere
  • Director
    Nancy Buirski
  • Screenwriter
    Nancy Buirski
  • Cast
    Gary Duncan, Richard Sobol, Lolis Eric Elie
  • Cinematographer
    Rex Miller
  • Editor
    Anthony Ripoli
  • Music
    Doug Bernheim