4 Little Girls

Directed by Spike Lee

Warner Home Video | November 1, 2001 | DVD

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A documentary about the tragic bombing of a basement in a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15th, 1963, which killed four young girls: Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie May Collins. The chronicle also examines the incident's impact on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and beyond. The film was nominated for an Oscar and is directed by Spike Lee.

Video Release: November 1, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1998

Runtime: 102

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 026359147821

Found in: Documentary, General

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4 Little Girls

4 Little Girls

Directed by Spike Lee

Video Release: November 1, 2001

Theatrical Release: 1998

Runtime: 102

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 026359147821


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

A documentary about the tragic bombing of a basement in a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15th, 1963, which killed four young girls: Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie May Collins. The chronicle also examines the incident's impact on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and beyond. The film was nominated for an Oscar and is directed by Spike Lee.

Description

Spike Lee makes an impressive transition from fictional feature filmmaking to nonfiction with this powerful, Oscar-nominated documentary. 4 LITTLE GIRLS tells the tragic story of the bombing of a basement in a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15th, 1963, which killed four young girls: Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie May Collins. Interviews with the children’s family members set up the scenario, and their memories of the explosion and aftermath provide the film with its most emotional moments. Lee uses this personal tragedy to better study the racial attitudes of America during that era, and goes on to describe the impact this incident had on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and beyond. The film also features interviews with notable celebrities and historians, including Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Coretta Scott King, and a rare candid appearance by ex-Alabama governor George Wallace. With 4 LITTLE GIRLS, Lee proves that he is once again one of America’s most important chroniclers of the African-American experience.

Notes

Shown in a limited theatrical release, 4 LITTLE GIRLS had its television premiere on HBO. Lee was working on this documentary at the same time he was producing and completing HE GOT GAME.
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