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FLiCX: Mudbound

Saturday, November 18, 2017,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Dee Rees USA 2017 134 min. DCP

Sorry faculty and staff, because of the limited seating, FLiCX will be providing tickets for students, only, for this event. 

Students who commit to checking in with the FLiCX administrator by no later than 6:15, and to making an effort to attend the post-screening discussion upstairs in the education and engagement space, may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the Dean of Students office. 

Since seating is limited, we must remind participants of the following:

  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that in this case, we are asking that participants not expect FLiCX to accommodate guests.

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. The McAllans, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis, are unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson—sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations—struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own. The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson, forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Directed by Nashville native Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) with screenplay co-written by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, and based on the acclaimed novel by Hillary Jordan. 

“Spellbinding . . . From Banks's deplorable Pappy to the Blige’s quiet but dignified Florence, Mudbound is crafted marvelously. The film is sweeping, but the payoff—though violent, painful, and desperate is worth every single minute.” —Aramide Tinubu, Shadow and Act

“With Mudbound, Rees proves the truest rule of all: That talent and vision make all lesser rules negotiable. This absorbing, incredibly accomplished film should win awards and be taught in history classes all over America.” —April Wolfe, LA Weekly