Opens Apr 6, 2018
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Matata and Jesse James: An American Tragedy draws on folklore and the historical record to tell a bitter tale about America during the Reconstruction Era — a time in our country when many hoped that poor whites and poor blacks could find common ground, support one another, and build a more equitable and democratic United States.
Matata and Jesse James juxtaposes two Missouri families — that of Matata, a former African-American slave, with that of of Jesse James, known as a friend to the poor who'd fought for the Confederacy. Can these poor Americans find common ground in the Civil War's aftermath? The color line runs deep throughout this country's history and culture.