There is always a difficult balance between encouraging a child to experience the world with no prejudice and educating them on unfortunate truths about the evils of mankind. All Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler) wants for her delightfully confident and talented son, Emmett (Jalyn Hall), is a prosperous life in the North filled with arts and education, unaffected by a segregated country. Though reluctant at first, Mamie allows an eager Emmett to visit his cousins in rural Mississippi; a far cry from the emerging skyscrapers and L trains of Chicago. Her worst fears are realized when Emmett is abducted and murdered by local bigots. Rather than give into suffering alone, the inspiring Mamie does not allow the nation to forget her son’s name and ushers in the next era of the Civil Rights movement that will change the world. Along with a rich supporting cast of Whoopi Goldberg, Frankie Faison, and Haley Bennett, Chinonye Chukwu emblazons her extraordinary film with pain, passion, and love that champions the impactful legacy Mamie established for her son more than half a century ago.
CAST: Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Frankie Faison, Haley Bennett, Whoopi Goldberg
All sales are final. Admission is not guaranteed after scheduled start time.
CLICK HERE to return to the complete 31st Philadelphia Film Festival schedule.