Black on Black Cinema

Episode 120: Mudbound

December 20, 2017

Taking place in the early 1940s in the Mississippi Delta, two men (one Black, one white) find themselves on returning from serving in World War 2 to an America that hasn't changed. Dealing with issues of PTSD, both men are bound by the bigotry of their homeland, while striking up a forbidden friendship that only men who have seen the theater of war can appreciate.

Written and directed by Dee Rees (Pariah), Mudbound explores the notion of change through leaving home and seeing it with fresh eyes and perspectives. Rees places two families, the Jacksons, and the McAllans, on the opposite sides of racial oppression of the times, with its often polite bigotry that guided it.

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