"Justice Denied: The Case of Leo Frank at 100 Years"

A presentation and film screening at Temple Israel
May 7, 2015 - 7pm
 

 Leo Frank was a Jewish man accused of the brutal murder of Mary Phagan, a young laborer in his Atlanta factory, in 1913. Frank’s trial and subsequent lynching two years later garnered nationwide notoriety and protest.
 
 The failings of the American justice system and issues of race and religion that the Frank events encompass are in stark evidence in the daily headlines. 
 

Temple Israel will present a screening of “The People v. Leo Frank,” a 90-minute dramatization of the Frank case, conviction, lynching and aftermath by independent director Ben Loeterman. Discussing the context of the case, and its relevance for today, will be Duluthian Gerri Williams. The event is free and open to the public.

Shot on location in Atlanta, “The People v. Leo Frank” illuminates the scandalous trial and its shocking aftermath with dramatic sequences created verbatim from transcripts, documents and letters. A remarkable trove of rare historic images and new interviews with authors, historians, politicians and descendents of the participants infuse these century-old events with a special resonance for today. Set against the backdrop of an American South struggling to shed its legacy of bigotry and xenophobia, the story is both a first-rate murder mystery and a thought provoking look at racial, religious, regional and class prejudices in the early years of the 20th Century. *
 
Presenter Gerri Williams grew up in Minneapolis. She attended Carleton College and Simmons College in Boston, Mass, and received her MA from Trinity University in Washington, DC in Communications and international affairs. Her essay on Leo Frank was published on the website of the historic Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. in 2011, and she has spoken on the topic and on capital punishment in several venues.  Currently, Gerri Williams is a researcher and reporter for the “People of Color with Henry Banks” weekly radio program on KUWS (91.3FM), specializing in coverage of the environment.
 
Temple Israel  - 602 E 2nd St, Duluth - (218) 724-8857

(*Film description from http://leofrankfilm.com/)