Mudbound topical after fatal rally
Mudbound director and co-writer Dee Rees never imagined her exploration of white supremacy during the Second World War would end up echoing modernday headlines.
The powerful ensemble drama, which is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and hits Netflix Nov. 17, shows the interlaced lives of two families — one black, one white — sharing farmland in the Mississippi Delta.
Each family has sons who are returning home after the war: Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell). They form an unlikely friendship based on their shared experience and the horrors of conflict, but face starkly different realities.
In the wake of last month’s white supremacist rally and deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., Rees said the film will now likely be seen by many viewers through a new perspective.
“We were at Sundance, and we were at the breakfast bar and we heard these guys talking. And they said: ‘Mudbound was good, but I thought the Klan scene was over the top,’” Rees recalled.
“Those two guys probably won’t think the Klan scene is over the top now that we’ve literally seen guys marching in the streets with brass knuckles and pepper spray and shields.”