Film Released Of Kennedys In Dallas

An amateur film that captured President Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, in the minutes before he was shot was released Thursday by a federal board compiling a public record of the assassination.

The three-minute, 16-millimeter film was taken by Dave Powers, a presidential aide who accompanied the Kennedys on the trip to Texas Nov. 21-22, 1963. Its release came on the day before the 33rd anniversary of the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board.

“It is not at the level of the Zapruder film, obviously,” said Tom Samoluk, board spokesman. “But perhaps there is some historian who will find something of significance.”

Abraham Zapruder’s amateur 8-millimeter film captured the moment Kennedy was shot and the events that immediately followed.

Powers’ film was discovered among boxes of his records and possessions.

The silent, color film mostly captures the Kennedys arriving and departing from Texas airports and traveling in motorcades.


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