THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT
Dir. Paul Saltzman (78min, Canada/USA, 2012).
ever shying from the brutality of racial hatred, Saltzman’s
first-person inquiry into the human face of intolerance… is bracing for
its conviction in the power of simple human contact." –The Globe and Mail
Saltzman’s courageous film was inspired by an incident during the early
1960s when he – a young, Jewish, civil rights activist – journeyed to
the Deep South to help with voter registration in Mississippi. One of
the first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led
by Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of
killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers.
later, Saltzman returns to the south to meet with Beckwith and see
what, if anything, has changed in the New South. He interviews a wide
variety of people from Harry Belafonte, the celebrated singer and civil rights activist, who recounts his own experiences during the voter registration drive; actor Morgan Freeman
(who was born, and now lives, in Mississippi); a top FBI official, who
discuss the close links between the police and the Klan during the
period; to a group of kids from different races who are best friends;
and (chillingly) a trio of dedicated, unregenerate Klansmen.