Penn Humanities Forum Screenings New Black Cinematography: Films of Bradford Young
dir. Tina Mabry, USA, 2009, DCP, 120 min.
‘Taking place in 1986 and 1998 and based on a true story, three poor, black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence. They independently struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what’s plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate, forever damned in Mississippi. Bitterly honest and profoundly subtle, writer/director Tina Mabry successfully captures growing up in a world where possibilities and opportunities seem to die in the face of the suffocating reality of physical and sexual abuse, obsession, and a myriad of destructive compulsions.’—Morgan’s Mark