Birmingham-native filmmaker revisits “To Kill A Mockingbird” through documentary

mockingbird copyBirmingham-native filmmaker Sandra Jaffe revisits “To Kill A Mockingbird” through documentary called “Our Mockingbird.” Check out a screening of “Our Mockingbird” followed by a panel discussion  at the Carver Theatre on Sunday, April 28th at 3 p.m.

This fascinating documentary showcases two Birmingham area schools, one urban and one suburban, collaborating to produce a theatrical version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  Boston filmmaker Sandy Jaffe, originally from Birmingham, captured the students rehearsing, relating and working together while discovering each others’ similarities and differences.

The local chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women’s service organization, feels that sponsoring this docudrama is a fitting tribute to the 50th anniversary commemoration of the 16th St. Baptist Church bombing.  And with this tribute they are also acknowledging the attempted bombing of Birmingham’s Temple Beth-El 55 years to the day of this scheduled film.  Keep in mind that fifty years ago this project would not have been possible – a play produced by an African-American school (Fairfield High School) and a white school (Mountain Brook High School).

In this narrative, well-known lawyers, actors, teachers and writers discuss the classic book including Doug Jones, the former U.S. Attorney that prosecuted the 16th St. bombing; broadcast journalist Katie Couric; Pulitzer Prize winners Diane McWhorter, Rick Bragg and Cynthia Tucker; Joseph Lowery, former Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President; Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); and Mary Badham, ‘Scout,’ in the original “Mockingbird” movie.  They address race, class, gender and justice as portrayed in the book and moving forward to modern times.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including students from the schools and the movie’s producer.

Ms. Jaffe did a striking job of capturing today’s youth struggling with this classic story of childhood innocence shattered by prejudice.  Hadassah along with the YWCA, the Southern Literary Trail, the Birmingham Pledge, the Levite Jewish Community Center, P.E.A.C.E. Birmingham, the Emmett O’Neill Library and City of Birmingham 50 Forward are proud to bring this account of  “To Kill a Mockingbird” to a wider audience.

As Atticus Finch said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.  Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Suggested donation for attendees: $5

For more information please contact Sherrie Grunfeld ssdgrun@aol.com or 205.249.7154

Click here for an article in Village Living.

Click here for an article in the Boston Globe.

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