A Crime on the Bayou

This film tells the story of how Gary Duncan, a young Black fisherman and his white Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, took on a notoriously racist political machine in rural Louisiana in 1966.

2020 | Running Time: 91 minutes | Rating: NR

A CRIME ON THE BAYOU is the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. He gently lays his hand on a white boy’s arm. The boy recoils like a snake. That night, police burst into Duncan’s trailer and arrest him for assault on a minor. A young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, leaves his prestigious D.C. firm to volunteer in New Orleans. With his help, Duncan bravely stands up to the District Attorney, challenging his unfair arrest. Their fight goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and their lifelong friendship is forged.

‘A Crime on the Bayou’ is required viewing.