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Fresh Docs Series: The Searchers

When: Fri., Feb. 28, 7 p.m. 2014

Through the sober eye of history, the end of this 50-year murder mystery is a little too tidy: During the Cold War, Lee Harvey Oswald, a disaffected American Marine-turned-communist, murders President John Kennedy. Oswald acts alone. And Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, just happens to shoot Oswald while in custody—before he can testify. But like 61 percent of Americans, some researchers believe otherwise. The Searchers, a feature-length work-in-progress by filmmaker Randy Benson, examines these researchers' motivations and the obstacles they encounter in learning the truth about the Kennedy assassination. (Disclosure: Benson wrote about some of the researchers in the November 2012 issue of the INDY.) The mainstream media and the U.S. government have marginalized this community of sleuths by calling them "conspiracy theorists." However, the trove of evidence they've tirelessly collected—sometimes waiting a decade for documents they've requested under the Freedom of Information Act—gives us a counter-perspective on the prevailing theory that Oswald acted alone. While some researchers seem eccentric, many are just regular people who otherwise live regular lives as realtors, teachers and journalists. In their spare time, they piece together the events surrounding one of the most pivotal moments in U.S. history. Read the documents. See the film. These skeptics may be onto something. The Southern Documentary Fund and Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, where Benson is an instructor, sponsor the event. —Lisa Sorg

Price: Free

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