I saw some of the movie today. Its ugly, brutal and ignorant. The things Black people allowed the whites to do. She never told anyone the threats that man made about burning her family. ( NOT THAT IT WOULD DO ANY GOOD) Her mom told her to quit and she didn't even tell her. Yes I saw him take her. SMH THERE WERE JUST AS MANY BLACKS AS WHITES. THE INDIANS FOUGHT THEM BUT NOT OUR SCARY BUTTS!!! SURE there were uprisings and eventually we were freed as a people. Its 2014 and we are committing genocide. We are just in a different form of slavery ( The government and the penal system). And now we killing each other in record numbers and still being kept on the plantation (jail) Why do you think black people have so many felonies and can't get jobs? Sure its our own fault for committing the crimes. But who made the laws? Who's giving us the guns and the drugs? Think about it and it don't take a high school diploma to figur it out!!! Everyone got paid for the injustice done to them but BLACK PEOPLE!!! OF COURSE PROPERTY CAN'T GET PAID!!! IS THAT WHY WE GET PUBLIC AIDE, DISABILITY, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING!!! THE BLACK MALE NEEDS TO WAKE UP BECAUSE YOU'LL BE LIKE THE DINOSAURS. EXTINCT!!!!😢 I'M JUST SAY'N From Chicago
I am a 38 year old Caucasian male. I live in Texas (roughly 30 minutes SE of Houston in Alvin tx). I remember having friends of all colors in elementary school. When they spoke of racism I naively thought how I'm glad that's no longer around. As I got older I remember realizing it's still around. Alvin had a sign by the city limits that said " you n-----s better not let the sun set on your ass in alvin". I hung out with mostly African American kids and being into all things hip hop. I did my senior research paper on Malcolm x. I was chastised by many white kids even being called a " wigger". Got into many fights etc. So I now know racism is alive and well. I watched this movie on bounce tv and it really pissed me off! I was wanting to kill the son of the old man, the judge, jury, the states attorney, he'll even miss Lena's lawyer! IMHO this movie should be shown in school to try and wake folks up and stop with this racism crap already. When will we learn no man is greAter than another? When will we learn that we all love, get sick, get mad, have good times and bad, and bleed the same damn color? We need to learn love and not hate. Out of all famous people you know who I love the most? Tupac amaru Shakur . They may still calle a wigger but at least I'm not a ignorant piece of scum. If this movie can change the way one person only ONE person feels it's worth it being viewed in the classroom. Please everyone more love and less hate makes a better planet. For those who hate based on skin I hope god tells you oh I'm sorry your skin isn't right to be in heaven and he sends to have your skin burned off and for u to rot in hell!
what a sad story, unjust, I am a white woman and I am so sadden by this story, I am sure there are more stories like this that have never been told, those white people forget that God almighty created man without chains, ownership, men chain people and one day they will all be judged. very sad
I ran across this movie on tv while feeling down and out about my continual job loss in my middle aged years along with health issues and no insurance . I did not see the beginning sadly but this movie captured and held my attention to the end! I had no idea until the end that it was a true story and that stabbed my heart to read on the screen that it was. I can't get over how this happened to that woman to be so enslaved but I know that it has happened in many other places in the U.S. during those times and many other times befor and after thening e 1940s. Era to my people. I just don't know if I could have survived that happening to me but she did for the sake of her children especially if it was indeed true the part in the movie where the white man said he would burn down the home where she and her mother and children lived if he did not go with her when he always came to get her. I will try to find this book in the library to read about it. Yes Ms Arnold deserves to be awarded for her portrayal in this movie and it needs to be on screens in theaters all over this country!
I was abhored, to learned that this movie was in fact a true story. Then I remember hearing of the story some years back. But, I was'nt given any details about the story. Also, I didn't investigate the information at that time. Now,I know, how sad and lonely, her short life was. I would have liked to know wheather, her children was borned out of wedlock, or when she was a "working girl". Or do I have to buy the book to fine out. I think I will because, the book is always better thank the movie. No offense, but, I'll just have to be the judge of that.
How good of you to correct that on the online edition today, CL!
adelaide30307 is correct: The title is 'Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.'
Uh, that's the NAME of the movie. Check YOUR facts.
Where the heck is your editor?!??! Its "The Greatest MOVIE Ever Sold". How could you misprint this as many times as you have, especially when you are sponsoring the event? All it takes is a simple momentary Googleing to check your facts.
This movie really touched my heart. It is such a shame that this happened to Lena Baker and her family. I wonder if there are any decendants on either side still living and how they feel about this movie. White America has yet to appoligize for slavery. They never want to talk about, however, they will not let any of us forget about the Holocust. They continue to sweep Slavery under the rug. It is going to take me a long time to forget this couragous woman. I cried BIG tears the last 25 minutes of this movie.
I saw this movie on last nite in Atlanta on Peachtree TV, I had no idea what I was watching but it kept my interest. Needless today I have been surfing the web today to find out more about this Woman Lena Baker that I had never heard of. Wow is all I can say right now....
Persoanlly I think the movie depiction of america's cruelty and the degrading abhorrent conditions we as black people were forced to live in was
truly deplorable, but its's not only our history,.. it's thier's too... these are the secrets they want kept secrets.. its the history of hate, deception, cruelty,.. pure evil and theire so called need for superiotrity ..not only in the dirty southern woods of ga but all of this country!!! then and now!!!!
I have this movie and it told a great story. I cried the last 15 to 20 minutes of the movie.
It really touched my heart.
It is very important that we as a people (all races) know our history (America) so all the injustices that happened long ago and still happens today will not continue to hunt us in the future as country and as humans.
Please get this movie and watch!!!
It is so amazing that you only live one hour and maybe 20 minutes away from Cuthbert, Ga and not know the history that it holds. Watching this movie I can only imagine the grief Ms. Baker's family could have experienced. The movie was great and Tichina really deserves an Oscar for her performance. Thanks for the insight on how much we as people have overcome but we still have a ways to go!!!!!
I love this movie!!!!In fact I watched it at least 5 times. After watching the movie I began to research it and to know that the stories that my grandparents actually told were true overwhelmed me. Tichina was amazing, she drew me into the movie and made me feel every emotion that she felt and I cried crocodile tears. All of the actors and actresses were great. To know this in those days a African American Woman was strong willed and didn't let them break her down. Phanmanal Woman. But while researching I also ran across some things that were not in the movie, Lena was actually denied clemency and in 2005, she was granted a pardon by the State of Georgia. They stated that her sentence was,"a grievous error". She could have been charged with voluntary manslaughter. The racism still exist, I chose this movie to write a essay on and guess what? My professor doesn't approve. LOL What you see is what you get. I draw strength from this movie as all of us should.
I can only say that i cried, and cried at the passion and feelings that ms arnold brought to the role of Lena Baker.
You sincerely diserve an oscar.
I am glad that I had the opportunity to see this film. Although such injustices has played out not just in the deep south but through out this country, this was one story that I had not heard. Thanks for bringing this story to light. This film had me left with too many questions about Ms. Baker's character and mind frame at the time. I would love to hear more about her from someone who personally knew her. Great job Tachina!
ms arnold was OUTSTANDING!!! wow!!! This young lady is multitalented and deseres an oscar for her performance!!!
can somebody plz email me to tell me where to go to see his movie?!?! i want to see this move so freakin bad!! email me a firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE!!
I had the opportunity to see the film at the sold-out premiere at the Atlanta Film festival. Kudos to Ralph for making such an outstanding film. I have been disappointed by the quantity of inferior films fed to African Americans! Finally, a film of substance! I knew Ralph was a great filmaker but he blew me away with this film! There was not a dry eye in the theater! We finally get to see the depth of talent of Ms. Arnold; there are too few roles of substance for African American actressess. The film is headed to Cannes next month-please do not miss it when it is released worldwide!!
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