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Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards

Category: Documentary (Feature)

Film Title: Murder on a Sunday Morning

Winner: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, Denis Poncet

Presenter: Samuel L. Jackson

Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

JEAN-XAVIER DE LESTRADE:
Merci. Je vous aime. We just saw on the clip one of the greatest men in America. And he said in 1963, the year I was born, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in one nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Thirty-eight years later we film, with Denis Poncet, a story about a teenager who had been stopped, arrested and sent to jail because he was just a black kid walking in the street near a crime scene. And if we are doing documentaries, that [is] because we do believe that as storyteller[s] we can help dreams come true.

DENIS PONCET:
Just one thing because I know that time is up. This film was supposed to stay in Europe and thanks to somebody called Christine Le Goff it came to the United States. It is thanks to wonderful people at HBO like Sheila Nevins and Nancy Abraham [that] this was possible for you to see, I hope, one day and very close, soon on HBO. Thank you very, very much.

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