Directed by Robin Bissell
Starring Taraji P Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Bruce McGill
I think I have said how sad it is to keep finding new stories to tell dealing with racism. This film is based on the true story and is hard to tell what things were added, but even if added we know it happens and it could have happened here.
The story centers on Durham, North Carolina. Anne Atwater fight for her people’s living conditions against a racist judge panel. CP is the president of the KKK. When the black kid’s school gets burned, the town hires Bill Riddick to conduct a charrette formed by all members of the community, different groups, and associations, to help find a resolution to the need for integration in the school. CP and Anne are forced to work together in the process.
I don’t know if these were added for dramatic purposes as movies sometimes do. The movie has all the KKK evil schemes that are always present in this film, but I believe it because history shows that they were capable of many things. Other than that, I think the movie was very good. The story is interesting and by the end, it was moving, at least for me. I love how it shows how both sides can change by understanding that we all go through life and sometimes is hard.
Sam Rockwell and Taraji P Henson are great in the film. They both are intense in their performance. The rest of the cast is also great.
I like movies that provide insights into real people and real stories and I was moved by the story in the end and the message that that doing the right thing ain’t easy. Seeing the real CP and Anne at the end was uplifting.