The Best of Enemies
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 civil rights activist 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.
1971: In Durham, North Carolina, Ann Atwater tries to get better housing conditions for poor black people, and is ignored by the all-white judge panel. C. P. Ellis is the president of the KKK, and has a family with children. He loves and cares for his family. Ann's daughters' school catches on fire (whether by accident or arson is unclear), and CP is afraid that the black children will come to the white schools. The city council makes a finding the school is still usable, so the NAACP helps file a lawsuit. The judicial decision is to bring in a proven mediation expert, Bill Riddick, who sets up a meeting with the both of them.
|keywords||ann atwater black community black people c. p. ellis charrette city council disabled down syndrome durham north carolina end gas station going out of business gospel music house kkk ku klux klan meet one by one real life scream serve vote|
|producer||Danny Strong Dominique Telson Fred Bernstein Matt Berenson Matthew Plouffe Robin Bissell Tobey Maguire|
|productionCompany||Astute Films Material Pictures|