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A Timely Tale of Friendship Amidst Hatred…THE BEST OF ENEMIES @First-Fri. Free large screen Film Showing, Peace Center of Delaware County
January 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell). Atwater is an outspoken African-American civil rights activist organizer. C.P. Ellis is the local Grand Cyclops head of the Klu Klux Klan, responsible for the Klan’s violence and intimidation.
Constantly clashing with Atwater, Ellis reluctantly agrees to co-chair with her a community summit, battling over the issue of school desegregation in Durham, North Carolina, during the racially charged summer of 1971.
The two were, of course, diametrically opposed to the attitudes and beliefs of the other, but as they spent time working together, C.P. began to question the white supremicist hatred at his core.
At our hate-filled, current point in U.S. history, with a president enabled by the worst in human character, this film’s tale affirms the possibility of change emerging from those we’d least expect.
Doors open at 6:30p.m. with light refreshments.
A group is easy to hate. It’s harder to hate a person.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES, 2019. PG-13 for thematic material, racial epithets, some violence, and a suggestive reference. 132 minutes. Based on the book, THE BEST OF ENEMIES: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. Directed by Robin Bissell.