Mississippi Burning

Mississippi Burning By: Shimrit Hait Rosenbaum warns about artistic depictions of historical atrocities. He questions the traditional notion that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. After all, Holocaust education has clearly not prevented the perpetration of genocide in Rwanada and Darfur. But on a more simplistic level, depictions of atrocious historical events help us to understand that which we might not otherwise be able to. These depictions may help raise the knowledge we have of these events from a subconscious to a conscious level. The movie Mississippi Burning was by no means an accurate portrayal of those horrific events of 1964. But still, for those of us who were not alive in 1964, the movie enabled us to gain a greater understanding of what occurred during that time. The movie depicted the baseless hatred that existed and the dehumanization of the black race. While race relations


Legal Themes Dominate the Lineup at Fordham's Annual Film Festival

NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL Noeleen G. Walder Lights, Camera, Law. Legal themes have long been a staple of the movies, a fascination with courtrooms and lawyers highlighted by a film festival now under way at Fordham University School of Law. This year’s event, the fourth for the school, showcases several films, including the dramas “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Mississippi Burning,” “The War of the Roses,” “Sleepers” and a documentary, “Shouting Speech: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech.” Attorneys and law school professors, filmmakers and authors have been enlisted for post-screening discussions. The programs, which began Friday, are free and open to the general public. “So much of the way that we understand law is through popular culture,” Fordham dean William Treanor said in an interview. The festival sends a message that the law school “exists as a place of larger ideas,” said Thane Rosenbaum, head of the