Emmett Till’s autobiographical trailer has been released, and will debut at the New York Film Festival

MGM Studios has released the first trailer for their upcoming autobiography “Till” which tells the chilling story of Emmett Till – a 14-year-old black boy who was kidnapped, tortured, and executed in Mississippi in 1955.

The film – set for release in select theaters on October 14 and generally released on October 28 – will tell the story of not only Till’s death, but also his mother’s brave struggle for justice.

“Till” will premiere at the 60th New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center this opening weekend. The exact date has not yet been announced.

“I am very proud and excited to be showing my first film until the 60th New York Film Festival. As a filmmaker, it is exhilarating for the New York Film Festival to embrace this special film and have the opportunity to show a film even to young people across the country,” said director Shinoni Choco in a statement.

Directed by Choco, the film stars Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison, Halle Bennett, and Sean Patrick Thomas.

The trailer, released on Monday, shows Emmett’s mother (played by Danielle Didweiler) crying as she says, “This was my son, Emmett Till.”

The clip then shows Emmett (played by Jalyn Hall) preparing for his visit to see his cousins.

“My son’s execution showed me that whatever happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, is better off of all of us,” Emmett’s mother says in the trailer.

Carolyn Bryant Dunham—then only Carolyn Bryant and then aged 21—accused Till of making inappropriate advances and obscene comments towards her while she was working at her family’s registry store in Money, Miss., in August 1955.

Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured, and executed in Mississippi in 1955.
Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured, and executed in Mississippi in 1955.
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Till, who was in town from Chicago to visit her relatives, allegedly whistled for her, according to her cousin who witnessed the interaction. Such interaction would violate the code of racial conduct in the Jim Crow era of the South.

Dunham told her husband, Roy Bryant, about the alleged encounter. Outraged that a black boy allegedly kidnapped his white wife, Bryant and half-brother John William Milam, from his uncle’s house two nights later, they beat and shot him and threw his body into a river.

Till’s body was discovered three days later.

In this 1955 file photo, Carolyn Bryant poses for a photo.
In her unpublished memoir, Carolyn Bryant Dunham claims, here in 1955, that she was a victim in the Emmett Till witch hunt.
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After a murder trial, a white jury acquitted the men. Months later, they confessed to their crimes in an interview with a magazine.

A woman, likely Dunham, even identified his killers, according to testimony from the case – prompting the issuance of a warrant for her arrest.

The memo was reported in papers at the time but was never executed. The Leflor County Sheriff told reporters he did not want to “disturb” the woman because she is the mother of two young children.

Earlier this month, dozens of protesters stormed a seniors center in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they thought Dunham, now in her 80s, might be, in an attempt to confront her head-on.

Emmett Till's mother, Mamie Bradley, fought for justice after the brutal murder of her 14-year-old son.
Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Bradley, fought for justice after the brutal murder of her 14-year-old son.
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Protesters shouted, “Time to confront your demons. Come outside,” after a decades-old arrest warrant was found in the case.

The Till family and supporters made a fresh attempt to arrest Dunham after a 70-year-old arrest warrant was found against her in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse in June.

Also earlier this month, unpublished memoirs obtained by the Associated Press claimed that she was a victim just like Till because of the way her life changed after the murder.

Carolyn Bryant Dunham, right, allegedly identified Emmett Till for the murders of John W. Milam (left) and Roy Bryant (center).
Carolyn Bryant Dunham, right, allegedly identified Emmett Till for the murders of John W. Milam (left) and Roy Bryant (center).
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In the account written in I Am More Than a Wolf Whistle, Dunham claimed that she actually tried to help even after her husband and half-brother brought the boy to her in the middle of the night for identification.

“I wished no harm to Emmett and could not prevent harm from coming to him, because I did not know what was planned,” Dunham, who is white, said in the manuscript written by her daughter-in-law. “I tried to protect him by telling Roy that he was not the person. That is not him. Please take him home.”

She claimed in the manuscript that Till actually identified himself after he was dragged from his family home at gunpoint.

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