Mississippi Damned in Chicago

On Wednesday, I had the privilege of seeing the film Mississippi Damned, which won three awards at the Chicago International Film Festival, including the Gold Hugo in the Main Competition and Gold Plaques for best screenplay and best supporting actress.  Jossie Thacker, who was honored for her role as the tough but troubled Aunt Charlie, spoke after the screening about her experience on set, telling the audience that the film was shot in a matter of weeks with little rehearsal time. The film, directed by Tina Marby, is brutally realistic, following the lives of a close-knit African American family struggling in a small Southern town.  The title pays homage to Nina Simone’s famous song Mississippi Goddam.  Check out a trailer for the film here:

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