Arrives at the cinema on February 16 Till , a story of courage that focuses on a crime story that shocked the state of Mississippi in the late 1950s.


The film tells the grave story of Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), whose search for justice for her 14-year-old son Emmett Louis Till (Jalyn Hall) became a galvanizing occasion that helped create the civil rights movement. .

Till is directed by Chinonye Chukwu and co-written by the director with Michael Reilly and Keith Beauchamp . Danielle Deadwyler plays Mamie Till-Mobley, Jalyn Hall plays Emmett Till. The rest of the cast includes Whoopi Goldberg , Frankie Faison , Jayme Lawson, Tosin Cole, Kevin Carroll, Sean Patrick Thomas, John Douglas Thompson, Roger Guenveur Smith and Haley Bennett . The film will be released in the US in October; We are waiting to know the Italian date.

The true story

Born and raised in Chicago, Emmett Till traveled to Money in the Mississippi Delta area in August 1955. After walking into a grocery store and interacting with 21-year-old married woman Carolyn Bryant , owner of the same , was kidnapped by her husband, Roy , and his half-brother, JW Milam , who broke into the home of Till’s great-uncle with guns. There is no certainty about what happened in the shop, but Emmett was accused of flirting with the woman, and therefore violating the unwritten code of behavior for a black male to interact with a white woman, in the southern read Jim Crow.

For this, Bryant and Milam beat, mutilated, and finally executed him with a blow to the head, then threw his body into the Tallahatchie River. Three days later, Emmett Till’s body was found. The mother decided to hold a funeral ceremony with an open coffin, to show the boy’s swollen and mutilated body to the world. The news caused a sensation and attracted much criticism in Mississippi, but this was not enough to obtain justice: Bryant and Milam were acquitted by an all-white jury and, later, protected by the ban on trying people twice for the same crime. pleaded guilty in an interview published in Look magazine, selling their story for $4,000.

In December 1955, the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott began, leading the Supreme Court to rule that segregating buses was unconstitutional. The lynching of Emmett Till is seen today as a catalyst for those events and for the struggle for black civil rights. In 2022, Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Antilynching Act into law, making lynching a federal hate crime.