“Black female writer-director Kasi Lemmons made her
feature directorial debut with this period family drama set in the South.
Depicting the African American experience with a female slant, Lemmons shunned
the usual urban violence and race issues of Black films for a different
approach, a jambalaya of Southern gentility, bayou traditions, and voodoo
visions. The Southern Gothic saga pivots around a prosperous Creole family in Louisiana
during the year 1962 — as seen through the eyes of intensely curious,
precocious, and perceptive ten-year-old Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett).”
— Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Running time: 109 min
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Screenwriters: Kasi Lemmons
Producer: Mark Amin
Cinematographer: Amy Vincent
Editor: Terilyn A. Shropshire
Films and schedules may be subject to change.
Modern Cinema’s Founding Supporters are Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Generous support is provided by Nion McEvoy and the Susan Wildberg Morgenstein Fund.
Community support for Black Powers: Reframing Hollywood is provided by the Museum of the African Diaspora.