SCREEN: Mississippi Damned

I just missed Mississippi Damned (again) in NYC but it’s making the rounds so hopefully it’ll be back. Up next for the film, screenings at North Carolina’s Cucalorus Festival:

Wanting to escape was the easy part. Taking place in 1986 and 1998 and based on a true story, three poor, Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family’s cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence. They independently struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what’s plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate, forever damned in Mississippi. Bitterly honest and profoundly subtle, writer/director Tina Mabry successfully captures growing up in a world where possibilities and opportunities seem to die in the face of the suffocating reality of physical and sexual abuse, obsession, and a myriad of destructive compulsions.

Mississippi Damned won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 Urbanworld Film Festival, the Grand Jurty Award for Narrative Features at the 2009 American Black Film Festival, the Jury Award for Best American Independent Film at the 2009 Philadelphia Film Festival and the Special Jury Award for Narrative Breakthrough at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival.

Director Tina Mabry and Producer Morgan Stiff will be in attendance.

Show Times:
Saturday, November 14, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ Lumina Theater
Sunday, November 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM @ Lumina Theater

Click Here for more information about Cucalorus Festival venues. (source)

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