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Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story (2012)



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In 1965, documentary filmmaker Frank DeFelitta traveled to Mississippi to shoot a film on the subject of racism in the American South. As he went about observing life in Mississippi and interviewing the locals, Frank was introduced to an African-American waiter named Booker Wright. With utter candor and a brazen lack of concern for his own well-being, Booker appeared on tape in the documentary and spoke openly and honestly about the realities of living in a racist society. This brief interview forever changed the lives of Booker and his family, and more than 40 years later, Frank's son Raymond DeFelitta (director of City Island) returns to the site of his father's film to examine the repercussions of this fateful interview. -- (C) Tribeca

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Critic Reviews for Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

With empathetic craftsmanship, the film unspools as a brief history of hatred that may be recognizable to anyone who lived through the 20th century or has been paying attention in the 21st.

April 28, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" doesn't flinch from asking tough questions...

April 27, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A kind of excavation and investigation of Mr. Wright's actions as a piece of civil rights history.

April 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Rediscovered historical footage plants the seed for a moving, beautifully crafted Civil Rights doc.

April 26, 2012 | Full Review…

"Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" is in equal measure a look at two families, the ongoing legacy of America's recent past and an essay on one man's moment of transformative courage.

April 25, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a powerful testament to how far we both have and haven't come.

April 24, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story


A filmmaker investigates the background and eventual fate of a black waiter who gave an incendiary speech in his father's documentary about racism in Mississippi in the 1960s. A moving and vivid examination of the black experience in Jim Crow's south.

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