Library to screen film on infamous race case
A racially charged shooting during the heavily segregated “Jim Crow” era of the United States will be explored in a documentary to be aired at the Bermuda National Library.
You Belong to Me shows at 6pm next Tuesday, courtesy of the US Consulate General and the Adult Library, as part of their continuing Consulate Night series.
The documentary, by Jude Hagin and Hilary Saltzman, tells the story of Ruby McCollum, who shot dead physician Clifford Leroy Adams on August 3, 1952 in the small Florida town of Live Oak.
Ms McCollum, who was black, came from a wealthy background; Dr Adams was white — and the film explores the possible reasons behind the murder, against a time of simmering racial violence.
US Consul General Bob Settje thanked the documentary’s producer Hilary Saltzman for sharing the film.
Ms Saltzman, who is the daughter of James Bond filmmaker Harry Saltzman, is a jurist this year for the Bermuda International Film Festival.
“I am convinced all Bermudians will find it fascinating,” Mr Settje said.
“As always, I’d like to thank head librarian Joanne Brangman and her staff for partnering with the Consulate to host these regular gatherings.”
Because of space limitations, only the first 70 people arriving at the library will be admitted.
The film runs for 88 minutes. Consul Mila Millman will be there to lead a discussion following the film.