Detroit Film Theatre


LALEE'S KIN: THE LEGACY OF COTTON

Friday, October 19, 2007

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(US—2000—directed by Susan Froemke, Deborah Dickson and Albert Maysles)

Deep in the Mississippi Delta, a great-grandmother struggles to hold her family's world together in the face of dire poverty, while the superintendent of an embattled school system dedicates himself to educating the children of illiterate parents. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott: “The movie, a window into a world of poverty and neglect, will shock the conscience of those who believe that racism and inequality belong to a closed chapter of American history. But the film, an exemplary work of cinéma vérité that allows its subjects to speak for themselves, traffics neither in pity nor in political grandstanding. Harsh as it is, "LaLee's Kin" is also a testament to the resiliency of people who struggle with the grim aftereffects of generations of slavery and sharecropping, and try to provide the children of Tallahatchie County with love, education and hope.” Academy Award Nominee, Best Documentary Feature; Best Cinematography Award to Albert Maysles, 2001 Sundance Film Festival. (88 min.)

“Rigorous and fascinating. An especially humanistic entry in the Maysles canon.”                        -Robert Koehler, Variety

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