Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Order of Myths (2008)

The Cinema Guild
Directed by Margaret Brown
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Cinema Guild)

The oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the country takes place in Mobile, Alabama, not New Orleans, and is divided among racial lines. Each group selects its own king and queen, holds separate balls and even parades separately. We get a glimpse of each organization as Mardi Gras day approaches. It is telling that among the white group, African-Americans are seen only as waiters, cooks or in other roles of servitude. Each side tries to justify the segregation, with appeals to tradition. To their credit, the African-American king and queen visit the coronation of the other king and queen, and are given a warm welcome. One is left with the feeling that this is only a tentative first step.

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