Brothers of the Black List

September 4, 1992: An elderly woman in a small town in upstate New York reports an attempted rape by a young black man who cut his hand during the altercation. While looking for suspects, police contact officials at SUNY Oneonta, a nearby college, and a school administrator reacts by handing over a list of names and residences of 125 black male students. For the next several days, those students are tracked down and interrogated by various police departments under a presumption of guilty until proven innocent. This leads to the longest litigated civil rights case in American history. An emotional story of social justice, this unsettling documentary is also a cautionary tale of equal rights gone wrong that is relevant today more than ever.


Directed and Edited by Sean Gallagher
Presented by Jonathan Demme
Distributed by Passion River Films

Festival Screenings (2014)

- Dallas International Film Festival (Premiere)
- Catskill Mountains Film Festival (Winner)
- DocuWest International Film Festival
- Africa World Documentary Film Festival

Streaming Online

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