The New York Times reports on Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David C. Turnley's documentary Shenandoah that details the 2008 attack and killing of a Mexican immigrant at the hands of four high school football players.
The film weaves the football team’s struggles on the field with scenes of tense anti-immigrant protests, trial preparation and quiet, confessional interviews on darkened porches. In the months after the murder, Shenandoah, called Shen’doh by the locals, becomes a national flash point as immigration advocates come to town, television cameras in tow, demanding justice.
But the film also steps back to explore the larger story of Shenandoah’s rise and fall. Old-timers looking out on deserted streets describe a lost world where everyone had work and knew one another’s families. Now, the coal mines are closed, unemployment is high and some neighbors speak only Spanish.
Original source: The New York Times
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