Watching this in light of recent occurrences puts an even nastier spin on it. So much hatred. So much entitlement. A very worthy film. I found it sincere and engaging. Director Heckler does a solid job establishing empathy for his seemingly heinous protagonist, who himself learns empathy over the course of the film. It’s an evolution that could’ve easily been contrived. Thankfully, though, the change comes about steadily and honestly.
A powerful and timely true-story of faith and love overcoming hate. Set in a small South Carolina town scarred from deep-rooted racism in the mid-nineties, an unlikely friendship forms when an African American Reverend shelters Mike Burden a KKK member, along with his girlfriend Judy, a single mother. Through his faith and love, Reverend Kennedy helps Mike leave his violent past in the Klan ultimately helping to heal the community.
USA 2020, 117 min, rated M
Directed by Andrew Heckler
Starring Forest Whitaker, Garrett Hedlund, Tom Wilkinson, Usher, Andrea Riseborough & Tess Harper