Virtual Screening STP-on-Demand: The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005), dir. Keith A. Beauchamp

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till © Keith A. Beauchamp

Fri, 11/27/2020 -
Sun, 11/29/2020

7:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Presented by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City

Virtual screening of Keith A. Beauchamp's documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005), part of film series STP-on-Demand.

Please RSVP in order to gain access to this film. The screening link to the film and the password will be sent out on Friday, November 27, at 7:00pm CST. The film will be available to view until Sunday, November 29, at 7:00pm CST.

This film will be available in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Shaping the Past: Films that examine how we interpret the past on screen

This virtual screening is part of the Goethe-Institut North America's (Institutes and Pop Ups) film series ˆSTP-on-Demand, which explores ways in which we cinematically shape, interrogate, and rethink relationships between history and memory.

Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit is a project of the Goethe-Instituts and Goethe Pop Ups in North America (Canada, USA, and Mexico) that connects with and builds on the work of emerging leaders of local, national, and transnational movements to remember through reflection and with urgency. It is a partnership between the Goethe-Institut, the Monument Lab, and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb).

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The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
USA, 2005, 70 min.
Director: Keith Beauchamp
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

Statement from the Team:

This film was selected by the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City in preparation for the virtual panel discussion “Places of Remembrance: Approaching Reconciliation” on December 1, 2020, which will touch on two places of remembrance for victims of lynching – Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta and Levi Harrington in Kansas City, MO.

How do past acts of racial terror and their memorialization in the present shape our society as a whole? The film The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till gives attendees an opportunity to better understand the life of Emmett Till, his horrific death, and how his legacy shapes the present before joining us for our panel discussion. This online conversation will feature Patrick WeemsShaping the Past fellow and Executive Director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center, Glenn North, Co-Liaison of the Community Remembrance Project Missouri in Kansas City and, Susan Neiman, American philosopher and director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. The conversation will be moderated by Dave Tell, Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (University of Kansas) and author of Remembering Emmett Till (2019).


Emmett Louis Till was born in 1941 and was brutally killed in 1955. He was only 14 years old. The African American kid was murdered in Mississippi, after he was accused of whistling at a white woman in her family's store.

The murder was brutal. He was attacked and killed by a few white men. What made it even worse was the fact that they were acquitted. This unfair behavior from the court drew plenty of negative attention. Moreover, it underlined the necessity of stopping the persecution of African Americans. At that time, the USA was extremely racist. All in all, Emmett Till became an icon. He turned out to represent the fight for the Civil Rights Movement, even after he was dead.

While his story was often illustrated in culture through books, music or documentaries, nothing compares to Keith Beauchamp's version. Keith Beauchamp took his time to create an interesting documentary. While Emmett Till's story was known all over the world, Beauchamp took this whole venture to a new level. He managed to get in touch with relatives or witnesses and he obtained testimony that was never seen before. The film was created as a documentary and aims to underline the savage profile of the USA in terms of mentality back then.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till was selected for STP-on-Demand by the team at the Goethe Pop Up Kansas City.
RSVP About the Filmmaker

Keith A. Beauchamp 
attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he studied criminal justice with the intention of becoming a civil rights attorney. As a young boy in Baton Rouge, Beauchamp had his share of run-ins with racism, but it wasn’t until an incident where he was assaulted by an undercover police officer after dancing with a white classmate at a party that he felt compelled to fight racism and move to New York. It was there he could pursue a dream in becoming filmmaker. And, through this feat, he’d attempt to remedy some of the past and present injustices that plague communities abroad.

In the fall of 1997, Beauchamp relocated from Baton Rouge to New York. He quickly found work at Big Baby Films, a company founded by childhood friends that focused on music video production. Beauchamp honed his behind-the-camera skills during the day and spent his evenings doing research and reaching out to anyone who might have information on the Emmett Till case, a story told to Beauchamp when he was just 10 years old. It was at this young age that Beauchamp saw a Jet magazine that contained a picture of Emmett Till’s dead body and was told the story behind Till’s murder.

In 1999, Beauchamp founded Till Freedom Come Productions, a company devoted to socially significant projects that can both teach and entertain. He has devoted the past twenty-two years of his life telling the story of Emmett Till and has traveled extensively between New York, Chicago, and Mississippi to investigate the historic murder. Through his journey he tracked and spoke with witnesses who had never before spoken about the case, befriended Mamie Till Mobley – who took Beauchamp under her wing – worked with such influential figures as Muhammad Ali and Reverend Al Sharpton, all the while persistently lobbying both the State of Mississippi and the federal government to reopen the Emmett Till murder investigation.

Beauchamp is currently the executive producer and host of Investigation Discovery’s crime reality series, The Injustice Files and the producer of the upcoming feature film Till. He is also a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities around the country.