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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about healing from trauma, the value of community, and making difficult choices for the greater good.
Positive Role Models
Mamie Till-Mobley and other subjects of Let the World See display bravery, compassion, and selflessness.
Focuses on the historical context surrounding the 1955 murder of Black American Emmett Till, as well as the wave of political activism that occurred in its wake. The series looks at the idea of white supremacy and the history of racially-motivated hate crimes through American history.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequently describes hate crimes, including the lynching of Black teenagers, and shows archival photos and footage of dead people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some discussion of sex, especially while putting Emmett Till's murder into context, including exploring the history of how white Americans have felt threatened by Black men's sexuality (and responding violently).
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Some discussion of hate speech and racially-charged language, used to put Emmett Till's murder into historical context.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some archival photos feature smoking. No alcohol or drug use are shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Let the World See is a documentary series about the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and how it helped to motivate the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The series focuses first on putting Till's murder into historical context, then on how Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, responded to her son's death in a way that created a groundswell of activism in the Black community and throughout America. America's long, continuous history of racism and white supremacy are discussed throughout, including descriptions of violent hate crimes and racist acts and language. Images of lynching and other violence are shown in archival photos and footage.
Is It Any Good?
This powerful documentary takes an event that many Americans are at least passingly familiar with and fleshes out the context surrounding Till's life and untimely death, placing it firmly into the continuum of racism and violence in America. Emmett Till's 1955 murder is both a turning point in American history and a tragedy that remains relevant in contemporary America. However, the series' main focus is ultimately the life and activism of Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, and how her actions helped inspire a movement within the Black community and country at large. Instead of simply a historical retelling, Let the World See draws parallels to contemporary America, not only regarding the spectre of racist violence, but also the power of activism.
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