Melvin & Jean - Courtesy of Red Triangle Productions


2012 Alumni

Expected to Attend: Maia Wechsler, Susan Tipograph (Melvin & Jean's criminal attorney)

SNEAK PREVIEW When Melvin and Jean McNair hijacked a plane from Detroit to Algeria in 1972 with their two babies on board, they called it an act of political resistance. The hijacking was also an act of desperation committed by two people in their early twenties who saw no other way to escape what they felt was the constant state of racial oppression in America. Living in Paris forty years after the hijacking and unable to return to the U.S., Melvin and Jean are still coming to terms with their crime and its lifelong consequences.


American Perspectives
Director: Maia Wechsler
Producer: Maia Wechsler & Matthieu Belghiti
Cinematographer: Claudia Raschke-Robinson, Jean Yves Cauchard & Scott St. John
Editor: Sophie Brunet, Vincent Trisolini & Adam Zucker
Music: Brandon Ross
Running Time: 59 min
Language: English, French
Country: USA, FRANCE