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Echoes of History: Dee Rees and 'Mudbound'

"'Mudbound' doesn't exist in a vacuum: its characters are affected by the centuries of slavery that preceded them."10/18/2017 4:30 PM Eastern
A scene from 'Mudbound,' photo by Steve Dietl
Director Dee Rees Explores Racism in Post-War Mississippi in Mudbound

"The epic yet intimate Mudbound from director Dee Rees isn't simply about an isolated, horrific event for a single black family or even a horrific period for black people in American history," writes Kimber Myers. "By covering an oft-overlooked era and lifestyle, Rees is adding to the larger cinematic narrative around the American black experience, deepening our understanding--and hopefully our empathy.

"Mudbound doesn't exist in a vacuum: its characters are affected by the centuries of slavery that preceded them, and their lives offer insight into the institutional racism and net worth inequality that continues to plague America today." To read the full article, click here.

"My focus is on getting the audience invested in the characters, because if you're invested in the characters you don’t care where we're going with it, you know?" Rees tells Mike Ryan. "And I wanted the audience to feel like just when you think you know what this movie is about, it changes.

"When you open it, you think it's just about these two brothers. Like that in itself could be a film. And then we come to see how these seven people that come together and why they can't get away from each other -- and the mud itself just becomes like a allegory for race and for time. It’s like we're all stuck and we're all mired in it, you know?"

A scene from 'Mudbound,' photo by Steve Dietl

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