Two Towns of Jasper
Wed, Jan 22, 2003 90 mins
"Two Towns of Jasper" gauges the racial fallout from the 1998 murder-by-dragging of black resident James Byrd Jr. by three white men by following the Texas town's black and white residents separately during the defendants' 1999 trials. The murder, says, filmmaker Marco Williams, "was an incident that magnifies differences." Williams, who's black, follows blacks in Jasper, while coproducer Whitney Dow, who's white, follows whites. There's little overt hostility, and much searching for common ground. But not as much finding of it. As a white cleric puts it: "They're feeling wounds we're not feeling."