Quiet anger needed for tales of race cruelty (m)
THE town of Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1960s is seething with the violence encountered by the US civil rights movement, but that’s on the periphery of this film.
The cruelty here is of the domestic variety, as told in the stories of the African American servants of well to do white Southern ladies like Hilly Holbrook (Howard), who can’t bear the thought of her black servant, or anyone else’s for that matter, using a toilet that she and her family use.
She’s starting a local campaign to have outside toilets for the maids made compulsory.
The stories come to us through the