Down in the Delta
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Down in the Delta
Poet Maya Angelou made her feature directorial debut with this African-American family drama, shown theatrically but originally produced for the Showtime cable network. Unemployed single mother Loretta (Alfre Woodward) lives with her mother, Rosa Lynn (Mary Alice), in a Chicago apartment. Drugs and alcohol lead Loretta to neglect her autistic daughter, Tracy (Kulani Hassen). Her teen son Thomas (Mpho Koaho) brings in money by photographing tourists. Rosa Lynn pawns a family heirloom in order to send Loretta and the kids off to their Mississippi Delta hometown where Loretta's Uncle Earl (Al… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Maya Angelou's stunning feature directorial debut."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Employs too many redundant, stagy flashbacks to tell the story of Loretta's ancestors."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Angelou's pen remains mightier than her camerawork."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Not particularly groundbreaking, and neither is its message, but it's all done with sensitivity and intelligence by Angelou."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A powerful performance from Alfre Woodard captured by Angelou's quiet, poetic direction."
‑ Greg Muskewitz,
"I was not thrilled about having to see it. But, sitting there in the dark, I became tremendously moved by the movie, and I have not forgotten its power."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Shows that every family has a potential for resiliency and growth, no matter what the problems."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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