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The Best of Enemies`

The Best of Enemies`

The Best of Enemies

Film

On the surface, The Best of Enemies seems like an on-the-nose exploration of ideological enemies. Director Robert and Writer/Director Nate have a pretty clear thesis as they tell the story of the SCA (the Society for Creative Anachronism), an organization which aims to bring together people with different ideologies, who are often at odds with each other.

The Best of Enemies is a 2019 American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell in his feature debut. It is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson, which focuses on the rivalry between Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C. P. Ellis. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy. It was released in the United States on April 5, 2019, by STX Entertainment. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Story

Sometimes two groups or people who live in close proximity to each other have such opposing opinions about something that the only way to understand their motivations is through storytelling. In this film, each side lost a son to a feud that escalated from a college fraternity and the terrorist group ISIS, a religious brotherhood. The film tells the story of the hate, desperation, and revenge that followed the death of each son and what the aftermath of these events mean for the survivors and their families.

Civil-rights-activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku-Klux-Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.Civil-rights activist Ann-Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku-Klux-Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. (Source: www.imdb.com)

Bissell

The film "The Best of Enemies" by Robert Gordon, follows two antagonists of the same race that make their differences as a reason for their mutual hatred. Though their race is the main focus, their hatred is what remains the focal point. The hatred between these two characters evolves as they play out their hatred. This film serves as a prime example of escalation in the narrative. The protagonist and antagonist begin their experiences with racism and hatred by both being passive participants in the same process.

The way Bissell treats Ellis’ role in the KKK is suspect. Granted, Ellis and his brethren spit racial slurs and don’t want to mix the ethnicities, but the two violent acts the Klan commits are both against White women. One of the victims is a reputed “nigra lover” whose house is shot up in fetishistic slow motion (making sure not to hit her with any bullets, mind you). Ellis is a willing participant there. But he’s not present at the second instance. In that, the other woman is threatened with rape and murder unless she votes against integration. Ellis’ cronies force her to utter racial slurs as they sexually molest her, and as a result, she votes against her wishes. Ellis is also not present when his cronies threaten a Vietnam vet whose store hires only Blacks, including a fellow vet who manages the store. That Ellis’ hands are only dirtied one time is by design. (Source: www.rogerebert.com)

 

 

 

 

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