“3 1/2 out of 4 stars… remarkable documentary … does an admirable job of filling that historic void. Highly recommended.”

Video Librarian, November/December 2009 issue

“With a resonance that carries us far beyond the tragedy itself, the film is a powerful antidote to historical amnesia.”

California News Reel

“… a powerful documentary…”

– Film “Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968” Depicts Little Known Southern Tragedy,

The Washington Informer, May 7, 2009

“… remarkable documentary … “Scarred Justice” makes it clear that the violence at Orangeburg has never received the level of attention accorded to other landmark events in the civil rights movement or the campus uprisings of that era. The film does a marvelous job of filling that historic void, and anyone with a strong interest in African American history – or history, period – should seek out this excellent documentary.”

Film Threat,

Phil Hall, September 22, 2009

“Filmmakers Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson blend evocative re-enactments into a history lesson that does right by the victims of Orangeburg, even as South Carolina itself has yet to do so.”

Indie Memphis 2009,

John Hubbell, October 2009

“… directors Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson skillfully document a white enclave’s overreaction to the Black Power movement.”

Chicago Reader, Andrea Gronvall

“Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968,” a new documentary by filmmakers Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson, will be aired on PBS stations later this year after screenings at S.C. State University today, the 41st anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre, and Monday at Burke High School. The film tells the story of the All-Star Bowling Lane protest and student unrest that led to a deadly confrontation with state troopers.”

Documentary examines Orangeburg Massacre

The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, February 8, 2009

“Another film, a documentary produced by two Boston moviemakers, Bestor Cram and Judy Richardson, was in the research phase for nearly 10 years before the pair finally received financing last year. Titled “Orangeburg,” it is scheduled for broadcast this fall on PBS.

“We were up against two problems,” said Mr. Cram, a principal at Northern Light Productions in Boston, explaining why it took so long to finance the film. “People actually wondered why they hadn’t heard of it. Number two, everyone thinks the civil rights story has been told.”

Mr. Cram and his co-producer, Ms. Richardson, were activists in the 1960s and had long wanted to tell this story.

“We’re combining our activist sensibilities with our longstanding filmmaking sensibilities,” Mr. Cram said. “I promise you this is not a polemic. It’s about people’s lives that were profoundly changed by a tragedy.”

Films Revisit Overlooked Shootings on a Black Campus,

The New York Times, April 16, 2009

Scarred Justice and Forgotten Wounds, an Interview with Judy Richardson, NewEnglandFilm.com, June 30, 2009

Documentary tells the whole story of the Orangeburg Massacre, Charleston City Paper

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