Booker's place [videorecording] : a Mississippi story /
Hangover Lounge presents in association with Eyepatch Productions ; directed by Raymond de Felitta ; produced by David Zellerford.
[United States] : Tribeca Film : Distributed by New Video, c2012.
1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
1422921921, 9781422921920
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[United States] : Tribeca Film : Distributed by New Video, c2012.
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Photographer, Joe Victorine ; editor, George Gross ; original score, David Cieri.
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Bonus features: an interview with the director ; "The streets of Greenwood" a short film by Jack Willis, John Reavis and Fred Wardenburg ; additional scenes with commentary.
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Featuring, Frank DeFelitta, Yvette Johnson, Leroy Jones, Senator David Jordan, Governor William Winter and Hodding Carter III.
In 1966 Frank De Felitta made a documentary for NBC News about life for Southerners in Mississippi. The content of the film upset many white Southerners and led to the beating of a black man, Booker Wright, the loss of his job, and eventually his murder. Forty-six years later Booker's granddaughter, Yvette Johnson, and Frank's son, director Raymond DeFelitta, are on a quest to discover who Booker was and how he changed life for black people.
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DVD, 16:9 widescreen, Dolby Digital stereo., 5.1 Surround.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-05-01:
"That's what you have to go through with, but remember, you have to keep that smile." So ends Booker Wright's stunning video interview in Frank De Felitta's 1966 documentary, Mississippi: A Self Portrait, a one-hour NBC special that captured the pressure that existed in the American South during the civil rights era. Recorded 11 years after the 1955 murder of young African American Emmett Till, whose only crime was whistling at a white woman, Wright's brave soliloquy personified a stifling black opposition to segregation in the South and set off a firestorm in the small town of Greenwood, MS, that cost him his job and quite possibly his life. Now, De Felitta's son, Raymond, has returned to Greenwood along with Wright's granddaughter to revisit the world Wright inhabited and the legacy he left. At a public viewing of the original film captured in the documentary, tensions are evident beneath the thin veil over an unmasterable past. VERDICT Booker's Place combines striking cinematic style with a story that is demanding of a wide audience. The younger De Felitta's masterly documentary is a tour de force that picks up where his father left off.-Brian Odom, Birmingham, AL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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More than 40 years after Mississippi waiter Booker Wright spoke openly about American racism to filmmaker Frank DeFelitta, the director's son Raymond examines the devastating effects that fateful conversation had on both Wright, and his loved ones. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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