The Trouble I've Seen
Civil rights documentary
Northeastern University School of Law
The documentary was produced for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice project at NU School of Law. It examines three cases of race-based murder from the pre-civil rights era, and efforts by NU Law students to seek justice for families and communities. Optik Nerve took cameras to Mississippi, Alabama and East Texas to meet the families and members of the communities where the murders took place. The program is tremendously moving as aged family members recount the stories of murder and justice denied. The program has an original music track featuring over 20 cuts of the delta blues composed and performed for the program. The music track also weaves in melodies from negro spirituals. Civil rights legend Julian Bond reads the narration. The program was premiered at an event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Since this program was produced, it has been shown around the world, featured on NPR, and cited for its power and originality.
Director/Designer/Editor: Rebecca Miller
Writer: Ned White
Producer: Eve Wrigley
Camera: Joe Figucia, Brian Churchill, David Fisher
Music: Thaddeus Hogarth
Awards and comment about The Trouble I've Seen
2013 Gold Award winner
CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, news and research category
Margaret Burnham, professor, "2013 was vastly improved by 'Trouble.' The documentary continues to be a source of deep reflection, education, and recommitment."
Toni Morrison, author, "I saw the program and was absolutely touched."
Eve Ensler, playwright, "This is wonderful and powerful."
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