A Crime On The Bayou

A Crime On The Bayou | 89mins |


Capri Theatre Fri, Jun 25 4:00 PM
Capri Theatre Fri, Jun 25 7:00 PM
Capri Theatre Sat, Jun 26 4:00 PM
Capri Theatre Sat, Jun 26 7:00 PM
Capri Theatre Sun, Jun 27 4:00 PM
Capri Theatre Sun, Jun 27 7:00 PM
Capri Theatre Mon, Jun 28 4:00 PM
Capri Theatre Mon, Jun 28 7:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2021
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Gary Duncan
Richard Sobol
Lolis Eric Elie
Director:Nancy Buirski
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A Crime on the Bayou is the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. He gently lays his hand on a white boy's arm. The boy recoils like a snake. That night, police burst into Duncan's trailer and arrest him for assault on a minor. A young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, leaves his prestigious D.C. firm to volunteer in New Orleans. With his help, Duncan bravely stands up to a racist legal system powered by a white supremacist boss to challenge his unfair arrest. Their fight goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and their lifelong friendship is forged.
Written and directed by Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story, The Rape of Recy Taylor), this eye-opening documentary had its world premiere at the 2020 DOC NYC Film Festival and is the third film in director's trilogy profiling brave individuals who fought for justice in and around the Civil Rights era.