4 Little Girls (1997)
Director: Spike Lee
Spike Lee should be just as highly regarded for his non-fictional filmmaking as for his narrative features. 4 Little Girls, originally made for HBO, tells the story of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The film's title comes from the devastating loss of four young lives as a result of the act of terrorism: Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
Lee's documentary revisits the most despicable act with interviews with the families of the four girls and one particularly uncomfortable conversation with George Wallace, the former governor of Alabama. —RS