Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story
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Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story
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… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Rediscovered historical footage plants the seed for a moving, beautifully crafted Civil Rights doc."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"The film tells a story of another America which seems most primitive, foreign and far away now, but it was really not all that long ago in old segregated, Jim Crow Mississippi."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"... [Booker Wright's interview] becomes a window into the life not only of one man, but of a whole culture that, one hopes, lies mostly in America's past."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Documentarian and subject, past and present blur together like bleeding watercolors in Raymond De Felitta's gripping memoir."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
""Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" doesn't flinch from asking tough questions..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
""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."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A heart-felt movie that gives you a good idea of how backward a state is Mississippi."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Clarity is a forte for a documentary. Director Raymond De Felitta has captured a time and place, both past and present, but one wishes he had pushed a bit more for truth."
‑ Tony Macklin,
"A kind of excavation and investigation of Mr. Wright's actions as a piece of civil rights history."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"It's a powerful testament to how far we both have and haven't come."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
"An interesting and entertaining if often sad documentary inspired by a 1966 NBC special, 'Mississippi: A Self Portrait,' that brought trouble to one of its participants, a popular waiter at a 'whites-only' restaurant."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The exploration of... these issues is precisely what makes the documentary so compelling, and relevant, even half-a-century after the film that inspired it was broadcast."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
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