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Mississippi Damned (2009)Mississippi Damned (2009)

Mississippi Damned (2009)

Following a legacy of trauma in rural Mississippi

Drama

7.0

movie

English

Challenging, Character-driven, Intense

2009

Female director, Tina Mabry

Adam Clark, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, D.B. Woodside

120 min

Synopsis

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Our Take

7.0
Jasmine Renaé

In Tina Mabry’s first full length feature film Mississippi Damned she tells the story of three poor, Black adolescents as they advance into adulthood. The story is mostly centered on Kari Peterson, portrayed by Tessa Thompson, who has fallen witness and victim to violence/abuse since her childhood. As she navigates her trauma while facing poverty and familial issues, we begin to understand the inner machinations of Kari and those who have harmed her.

While Mississippi Damned isn’t particularly easy to digest, I consider it essential. As unflinchingly brutal as this film is, it taught me a lot about trauma and how to navigate my own. With performances as powerful as these, it’s impossible to forget this film.

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