Spanning several decades, this is a doomed love story of a Black jazz singer & a woman able to pass as white in a racist society.
Before the Civil War a Black man who voluntarily returns to slavery to teach slaves how to read finds an eager pupil in a young girl.
Southerner Frank, estranged from his father Frank over his homosexuality, returns with his niece & lover for the old man’s funeral.
The early days of country/blues singer Huddie Ledbetter, from leaving home to playing in night spots through his several incarcerations to his “discovery” by John Lomax.
The dark story of slavery in America, from its arrival in Virginia in the 7th Century, through the Civil War, & also of Abolitionists who fought it.
The doc. film weaves 4 stories of Southern Blacks oppressed by racism–in New Orleans, 2 brothers; a female bar owner; “Black Indians” preparing for Mardi Gras; & in MS a New Black Panther team seeking justice.
Lesbian owners of a Union Civil War sword & a pawnshop owner & his assistant travel to the home of an unknown wealthy Southerner who believes it will prove the South won.
Based on a true story, this is a movie you shouldn’t miss this season. Click the title to read my entire review.