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.
This is an intensely personal film about children seeking to understand their parents, but it is also a heartbreaking portrait of the legacy of intolerance. Presented with a deep sense of compassion and respect, DeFelitta's film is an unforgettable examination of the life of an ordinary man who changed the world around him when he decided to speak out and tell the truth.
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