Till tells the heartbreaking true story of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was lynched in 1955 for whistling at a white woman. The film recounts the murder, which would be a catalyst for the civil rights movement, through the grief of his mother Marnie and her subsequent determination to seek justice.
Marnie Till-Mobley is a widowed single mother who is the head of her household, the only Black woman working for the Air Force in Chicago. She becomes a revolutionary by insisting that the world witness the horror of her son’s body in an open casket viewing as an act of defiance against oppression and hate. “I wanted the world to see what they did to my boy," she said at the time. Marnie also gave the exclusive rights to Jet Magazine to publish the images of her son’s maimed body which caused the lynching to gain worldwide notoriety. One mother’s defiance became a lightning rod in the Civil Rights Movement and propelled her to become an outspoken activist for the NAACP advocating for social justice and education.
Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall