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Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story 2012

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4.6 out of 5 stars (31) IMDb 7.9/10

From Tribeca Film. Academy Award nominated filmmaker explores life in 1960's Mississippi and the momentous impact of "Booker" Wright, a black man who voiced opinions on race relations on network TV, and the subsequent ensuing fallout.

Starring:
Hodding Carter III, Frank De Felitta
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Mystery, Documentary
Director Raymond De Felitta
Starring Hodding Carter III, Frank De Felitta
Supporting actors Yvette Johnson, Leroy Jones, David Jordan, William Winter
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 14, 2012
Format: DVD
Though the name of Booker Wright is in the title of this compelling documentary, it's really the story of TWO families and THREE generations. I'll try not to spoil your watching of this film (which I highly recommend) by giving you too much information. (I hate spoiler alerts.) But you should know the basics. In 1965, filmmaker Frank De Felitta went to Greenwood, MS (a southern town in which racism was at its highest with many lynchings of blacks by the Ku Klux Klan and where "slavery" still existed - 100 years after the Civil War - in the form of cotton plantation owners virtually "owning" their "employees") to film the current social conditions for NBC News. He found one man - a black waiter - who "spoke his mind". Shortly after the film was aired that waiter (and, later, restaurant owner) Booker Wright was attacked and later murdered (two separate events). It was Wright's granddaughter who, while searching for the film shown on NBC, discovered De Felitta's son, Raymond, who - as luck would have it, is a filmmaker himself. This discovery led to Raymond to want to update the story and go back to Greenwood to meet, not only with Booker's family, but to interview local residents (both black and white) who were there when the original events took place. He also interviews his father about his decision to allow Booker's remarks - more open about how a black man felt when serving whites in the 1960s than anyone else had revealed - and includes interviews with himself as well.

That's really all you need to know about this 92-minute film. The amount of archival footage that the younger De Felitta includes makes this a historical document as well. Sadly, the only footage of Booker himself is the 2-3 minute interview included in the original film.
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An incredible movie which shows the progression of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. The documentary is made using original footage from a 1960's documentary and then updates the story with interviews today. A must see!!!
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This film was obviously made by passionate film makers. Raymond De Felitta is a wonderful weaver and this story is sadly beautiful. Great music... great information. Great movie.
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This documentary, which moves back and forth over the past half-century, is a painful reminder of how far we've come and how far we have yet to go. I didn't live in the South, but as a college student in the early 1960s I certainly knew of the culture clashes caused by integration. In spite of the sacrifices of Booker and others like him, the white supremacists are still powerful and the hope for true equality isn't assured. I am grateful for a film that keeps the discussion alive.
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Raymond De Felitta's new documentary "Booker's Place" is both a filmmaker's personal journey and an intimate look at an unlikely hero who stepped into the national spotlight during the civil rights struggle. It is a film filled with nostalgia, regret, anger, and pride. De Felitta's father made an NBC documentary in 1965 that featured a stunning sequence in which a Greenwood, Mississippi waiter, Booker Wright, spoke candidly about his treatment as a black man in his town. Wright was no activist, but he clearly placed himself in harm's way by expressing his true feelings. Televised nationally, the piece all but destroyed Wright's life. He lost his job, his business was vandalized, he was brutalized, and he ultimately paid the highest price possible. "Booker's Place" tells the history of this story through archival footage and personal recollections. What makes this an incredibly personal tale is that it is presented by the descendents of those involved. De Felitta joins forces with Wright's granddaughter, Yvette Johnson, to interview the surviving locals to piece together a poignant picture of the man and the tumultuous time in which he lived.

As I said, there are really two discussions at the heart of "Booker's Place." In many ways, the more conventional story is that of Wright himself. De Felitta does a good job depicting the history and culture of Greenwood. I'm amazed that so many people agreed to be interviewed for the film! And in that way, it is a somewhat cathartic experience for a town struggling to move on from its unfortunate past. Booker was so well liked and integrated into white society, his television appearance was all the more shocking.
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Booker's Place is about an exceptional man who, given the chance to speak his piece, took it and found his life forever changed. In interviewing people in the original 1965 film and people today the documentary shows how little we've changed under the surface. Booker Wright deserves to be known to a wider audience. Unfortunately, too little source material means the film can be repetitive at times. While understandable, given the circumstances, I occasionally wished for more than Booker's Place provided. Rent this, it's well worth the time.
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First let me start by stating I purchased this particular DVD after reading the description and viewing the trailer. I am very interested in the many stories of African Americans and their experiences in this country. I buy films such as, Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story for information, not for entertainment. When I read many of the comments on documentaries or movies that have been taken from real life events, I am amazed when people say such things as; I really enjoyed the movie, you will be really entertained, or my favorite part was ... when talking about a film presenting tragic events in history. It is mind boggling. This DVD presents events in the life of Mr. Booker, as his granddaughter revisits his hometown and
speaks to many people who knew Mr. Booker. This film took us into the character of Mr. Booker and the extreme dignity he showed through such adversity in the south doing that time of racial strife, which unfortunately continues in varying degrees to this day. Many of us have a blind eye and
insist that was the past. I have shared many of the DVDs I purchase with family and friends, because I feel these stories must be told. I truly appreciate the ease at which I can select from such a wide range of topics to being able to choose from a wide range of sellers. Thanks for the opportunity to get this..(.pulled from the shelf and almost forgotten part of history).
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