"The Laramie Project" is an adaptation of the play of the same name, written by Moises Kaufman and based on the interviews he and his group had in 1998 with many of Laramie's inhabitants, after the callous beating up of Matthew Shepard in that relatively small town of Wyoming. Matthew, a young man that was living in Laramie and that happened to be gay, was a victim, and became a symbol. But as another reviewer said, he was first and foremost a human being that deserved to live.
Matthew died due to the injuries received in what was defined as a hate crime. He was gay, and two men took exception to it, beating him up and leaving him tied to a fence. The man that discovered him the following day thought at first he was a scarecrow. He was so disfigured that he just didn't seem a person any more. Matthew was taken to a hospital, where he stayed in a comma until he died, a week later.
The interviews allow us to witness what the people of Laramie were thinking regarding this event, something closely linked to their views on religion, homosexuality, tolerance and a lot more. One character said something that made a big impact on me, and that explains a lot: "I guess I didn't understand the magnitude with which some people hate".
On the whole, I think this is an excellent film, and I am sorry I didn't watch it before. I strongly recommend it to you, as a great film with a good message.