Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story

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  • Summary: While filming a documentary in Mississippi in 1965, Frank De Felitta forever changed the life of an African-American waiter and his family. In 2011, Frank's son returns to the Delta to examine the repercussions of that fateful encounter.


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  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 27, 2012
    This remarkable new documentary from Raymond De Felitta ("City Island") fruitfully revisits the aftermath of a TV doc that his father, Frank, produced for NBC in 1965.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Apr 26, 2012
    The film, which plays like "The Help" minus the safety net of nostalgia, provides a powerful reminder that as we all carry history with us, it is still possible for each of us to change it.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 24, 2012
    Frank De Felitta's guilt over having aired the footage is moving, yet it's ultimately countered by this piercing film's stance - promoted by the subject's proud children and grandchildren - that Wright's statements, far from a slip of the tongue, were an intentional act of courageous defiance.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 27, 2012
    Have we come a long way since Wright's world was upended because he spoke undeniable truths? Watch this essential American story, and decide for yourself.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Apr 28, 2012
    Documentarian and subject, past and present blur together like bleeding watercolors in Raymond De Felitta's gripping memoir.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 26, 2012
    Beautifully put together in just about every way, it will be potent stuff on the small screen but deserves its moment in theaters.
  7. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 27, 2012
    Mr. De Felitta's moody, well-rounded film is a kind of excavation and investigation of Mr. Wright's actions as a piece of civil rights history.

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