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Directed by SEAN GALLAGHER

Presented by JONATHAN DEMME

Music by THOM O'CONNOR

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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.

In Brothers of the Black List, director Sean Gallagher tracks this story of racism that became the longest litigated civil rights case in American history. The now grown students and their school counselor, Edward “Bo” Whaley, recount the disturbing events that the college and police department tried sweeping under the rug for many years thereafter. 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.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

SEAN GALLAGHER is a filmmaker & editor based out of Westchester, New York. He works as an in-house editor at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY. Sean was a recipient of the 2008 Merit for 'Artistic Contribution to Social Justice' by the SUNY Oneonta Department of Africana & Latino Studies. In the Spring of 2011, he was chosen by Westchester Magazine as one of "Westchester's Wunderkinds," professionals under the age of 30 noted for their ideas, ambitions and community involvement.

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