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Lost in Mississippi
Jim Chambers | USA | 1996 | 85 min. | documentary
An original and shocking portrait of today's South, Lost in Mississippi probes the mysteriously high suicide rate among individuals imprisoned in Mississippi--47 persons in five years, half of whom were African-Americans. Through interviews with correctional officers, current and former inmates, victims' families and local citizens, this investigation of Southern justice turns into a much wider examination of sex, gender, religion and race relations.
DIRECTED BY: Jim Chambers
WRITTEN BY: Jim Chambers & Nancy Baker
EDITED BY: Nancy Baker & Paula Heredia
MUSIC BY: Daniel Lanois
DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Douglas Cooper & Tom Sigel
PRODUCED BY: Field Hands Productions
Original language is English
New York Premiere, 1996 Human Rights Watch Festival. Distributed by Fieldhands Productions, Hal Hisey, 8670 Wilshire Blvd. # 229, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Tel: (310) 652-2974 Fax: (310) 652-9276.
Lost in Mississippi is writer-director Jim Chambers third feature film. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, he received his formal education at Bard College, Columbia and New York Universities. In the late 1970s, he co-founded, choreographed and performed with the Zaccho Dance Company which toured Europe in 1979 and 1980. Moving to Los Angeles in 1991, Chambers settled on filmmaking as a career and soon wrote, produced, directed and starred in his first dramatic film, Healing Hurts. Shifting into the non-fiction arena, his next film was 112th & Central: Through the Eyes of the Children.
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