5 Aug

Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?

20:30 HS / Cinemateca


A documentary murder mystery about the filmmaker’s family, set in lower Alabama, 18 miles north of the Florida state line. On an October night in 1946, S.E. Branch twice shot a man named Bill Spann in the small neighborhood market that Branch owned. Two days later, Spann died in a segregated black hospital. Branch was white-a Klansman-and Spann was black. Branch claimed self-defense, but despite that claim and the political climate in Dothan, Alabama in 1946, Branch was charged with first-degree murder. S.E. Branch was the artist’s great granddaddy, on his mother’s side. Everyone says they looked alike. That this story echoes across decades and generations says much about the distance travelled by U.S. society since 1946.

Director: Travis Willkerson / Producer: Travis Willkerson

Country: United States / Year: 2017 / Duration: 90'

Awards and festivals:

Locarno Festival, Sundance Festival, FICX, Denver.


After the exhibition, open dialog with:

Travis Wilkerson

Travis Wilkerson (USA, Denver), has developed his work between fiction, performance and documentary, through a strongly political essay cinema. Using minimal resources and assuming a multiplicity of roles in his own films, Travis denounces in his cinema the bad public and private practices of different sectors of his country. His most recent films are “Did You Wonder Who fired the Gun? (2017) and Machine Gun or Typewriter? (2015). His work is internationally recognized, exhibited in festivals such as Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, Yamagata and in art circuits and museums.

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