Un(re)Solved Set for World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival


05.12.21 — Un(re)Solved, an unprecedented multi-platform investigation of civil rights era cold case murders, produced by the PBS investigative series, FRONTLINE, in collaboration with Northeastern Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, will receive its world premier at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Drawing on more than two years of reporting, thousands of documents, and dozens of first-hand interviews with family members, current and former FBI agents and Justice Department officials, and journalists, the Un(re)solved project investigates the federal government’s effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings, mainly against African Americans, through the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act — and will make available for the first time a comprehensive interactive database of information about all 151 people on the Till list.

Publishing in phases beginning in June of 2021, Un(re)solved tells the stories of those on the Till Act list — voting rights advocates, veterans, Louisville’s first female prosecutor, business owners, mothers, fathers and children — who they left behind, and the families still seeking justice today.

As a collaborator for Un(re)solved, CRRJ shared case documents and connected the producers with descendants and other relevant parties. Professor Margaret Burnham served on the advisory council and former CRRJ student Collyn Stephens (MS in Media Advocacy ’21) served as a producer for the project.

About the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project

The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice (CRRJ) Project, founded by University Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnham, addresses harms resulting from the massive breakdown in law enforcement in the South from 1930 through 1970. This was a time of great political protest and turmoil as African Americans and their allies militantly rejected Jim Crow, second-class citizenship and economic exploitation.

CRRJ conducts research into the nature and extent of anti-civil rights violence and works with members of a diverse community – prosecutors, lawmakers, victims – that is seeking genuine reconciliation through legal proceedings, law reform and private investigations. CRRJ works with these groups to assess and develop a range of policy approaches, including criminal prosecutions, truth and reconciliation proceedings, and legislative remedies. On the research front, CRRJ’s work aims to develop reliable data with which to analyze events of anti-civil rights violence and to support research into the history and current significance of anti-civil rights violence.

The two components of CRRJ’s program are research and remediation. Scholars from a range of disciplines – including law, criminal justice, history, sociology, and political science – are engaged in CRRJ’s empirical research, the main program of which is compiling and analyzing information about anti-civil rights harms  The research program also encompasses CRRJ’s work on cold Civil Rights-era cases. The remediation program assesses and supports policy measures to redress the harms, including prosecution, truth and reconciliation proceedings, state pardons and apologies by state and private entities who bear responsibility for the harms.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

For more information, contact d.feldman@northeastern.edu.