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The Best of Enemies
Film Review

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The Best of Enemies is a tough watch as it deals with the racism and discrimination in the southern state of Carolina, and it is based on real events.

What is interesting is that those in power use the lackeys within the 'white' working class as the muscle to create havoc, chaos and misery within the 'black' minority community.

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The main characters are all played well whether it is the working class garage owner and Klu Klux Klan member (KKK) C.P. Elis (Sam Rockwell), right through to community leader Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) working on behalf of the black community from poor housing standards where KKK elite member and Durham government housing executive Carvie Oldham (Bruce McGill) has to be seen to do something, while organising the KKK lackeys to silence dissent and opposition to him being reelected by the black minority community, to the local black only school having a fire, which the latter issue the film focuses heavily on, and causes for outside help.

The problems with trying to suppress the black minority boils over and an expert in improving relations between different communities, in this case between white and black people is drafted in to help the situation.

The main troublemakers in the community is the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), who with the notion of brotherhood and an oath to the 'white' race within the United States of America, creates the distrust and misery not just for the black community, but stops the decent white people from associating with the black community and other races throughout America.

Local issues can be the national issues, so when southern states of America say that white Americans cannot integrate with other races within America, it spreads across America, thus becoming a national issue and problem in the end for all Ameicans.

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The charrette was hosted by Bill Riddick (Babou Ceesay) who held a successful charrette in another southern American state and was contacted to put together this charrette, which became a working group of both people from the economic, social and racial backgrounds to discuss what they thought were the problems and solutions to help deal with their problems.

You can image that you have very hard-far-right Klu Klux Klan (KKK) members speaking to black people about why they hate them and want nothing to do with them and do not care whether they live or die, and then you have sweet little old black women voicing their issues of racism and discrimination and poor conditions they have to deal with, and black men talking about segregation laws and having to be subservient to white people in every quarter of their lives and in society.

These are tough issues, which were raised but it is interesting that there was a charrette done before and it was successful in bringing white and black together that's why it was brought to Durham, Carolina in the 1960s to ease hostilities from the white community towards the black community, at a time when there was a lot of social unrest in Birmingham, Alabama when the late great Martin Luther King walked in the peace marches and the black community suffered from being attacked by police officers and members of the KKK.

So, this film embodies the civil rights movement of the day across the United States of America, and those that helped from all walks of life to make life better from all sides of American society.

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After you have watched The Best of Enemies it will be made clear how intelligent the title is, because C.P. Elis and Ann not only became the best of friends, but they toured the United States of America including schools and universities on their story of reconciliation and how perceptions changed from them meeting at the charrette and educating that racism and discrimination have no part to play in modern society, wherever in this world.

We have to thank the producers and director who probably had a tough time convincing the powers to be in making this monumental film, which serves as an educational aid, as well as a well produced and put together story of learning to be respectful and tolerant of your neighbour, whomever or wherever they may be from.

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